Hands-on Visualization with Tableau

Jock Mackinlay (Tableau Software), Ross Perez (Tableau Software)
Data Science, Ballroom H
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Data has always been a second class citizen on the web. As images, then audio, then video
made their way onto the internet, data was always left out of the party, forced into dusty
Excel files and ugly HTML tables. Tableau Public is one of the tools aiming to change that by allowing
anyone to create interactive charts, maps and graphs and publishing to the web—no
programming required.

In this tutorial you will learn why data is vital to the future
of the web, how Tableau Public works, and gain hands-on experience with taking data from numbers to the web.

Through three different use cases, you will learn the capabilities of the Tableau Public product. The tutorial will conclude with an extended hands-on session covering the visualization process from data to publishing. Topics covered will include:

  • constructing a data set for best performance
  • formatting visualizations to match your preferred branding
  • designing charts for clear communication and impact


This is a hands-on tutorial. You will need to bring either a Windows laptop or a laptop with a Windows virtual machine installed. Before arriving, you should download and install Tableau Public from this URL: http://www.tableausoftware.com/public

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Jock Mackinlay

Tableau Software

Jock Mackinlay is Tableau Software’s Senior Director of Visual Analysis. At Stanford University he pioneered the automatic design of graphical presentations of relational information. He joined Xerox PARC in 1986, where he collaborated with the User Interface Research Group to develop many novel applications of computer graphics for information access, coining the term “Information Visualization.” Much of the fruits of this research can be seen in his book, “Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think.” Jock has a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University.

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Ross Perez

Tableau Software

Data geek and viz extraordinaire


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