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Let's Tableau! (Plus Free Lessons for Beginners)

If you're interested in presenting, please send me an email by 4/6 so I can work you into the schedule.  This can include a how-to, an interesting data visualization, or a resource you think might be helpful.  Only rule is to keep the presentation short (5 to 10 minutes) and useful to the broader group.

Congratulations to Jason Kaeding, who won a $25 Amazon gift card for taking part in our latest data visualization challenge.  Members were asked to present an interesting story from US Foreign Assistance data using Tableau, and Jason did just that, with a dashboard entitled "The Polish Blip":

http://public.tableausoftware.com/views/ThePolishBlip/PolishBlip?:embed=y&:display_count=no

Interested in trying for your own gift card? Here's your chance. We'll be back at the Washington Post this week, right in the heart of downtown DC.  As before, the first hour of this meetup will be devoted to helping newcomers learn to use Tableau thru presentations and hands-on activities. If you consider yourself more on the advanced side, feel free to come around 2:00 for the start of the general session, or stop by early and help out with questions.

Here's a tentative schedule.


1:00 Getting Started with Tableau (for those new to the tool)

*  What is Tableau?

*  Which version is right for me?

*  Installing and connecting to data

*  Constructing your first dashboard

2:00 Introduction & announcements (whole group)

2:15 Data viz challenge details

2:30 Short standup presentations (potential topics below)

*  Data blending (multiple data sources on one graph)

*  Creating dynamic dashboards with parameters

*  Filtering via URLs in Tableau Server

*  Creating interactive flow diagrams

3:15 Q&A & Workshop time

4:00 Wrap-up

 

Please bring a laptop with a Windows operating system with you to this meetup. You can find links to trial and free versions of Tableau here: http://www.meetup.com/dc-tableau-workshop/pages/Helpful_Links/

All skill levels welcome!

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  • Greg M.

    I could not attend today no one to mind the kids but I'd love to signup for this session if it will be offered again.

    April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure, we try to hold about one event per month. Hope to see you at the next one!

      April 14, 2013

  • KS

    Terrific, as always. Would have liked to get to the beginner section, too. Might that be repeated at some point?

    April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure. We might try some new things before doing that again, but I'm sure we'll come back to it.

      April 14, 2013

  • arief b.

    I don't have a windows machine, any luck for Mac users

    April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, no Mac version yet for authoring visualizations.

      April 13, 2013

    • Greg M.

      I don't get that Tableau..

      April 13, 2013

  • Jasson g.

    Is it appropriate to show up at 2pm if you are not a beginner?

    April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yep, not a problem!

      April 13, 2013

  • Fidelis E.

    Some emergency

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it this time!

    April 13, 2013

  • Sridhar M.

    Got to work this weekend

    April 12, 2013

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