Greetings Tableau Community,


Welcome to the weekly Community Digest!  I am back this week from a long weekend in Park City, Utah.  Park City is home to the Sundance Film Festival which kicks off on Thursday, January 24th and runs until February 3rd.  In honor of Sundance and the upcoming Oscars, I thought it would be fun to share this visualization on the popularity of films by Genre over time by Bo McCready





+ Our next Think Data Thursday is scheduled for this Thursday, January 24th with Tableau Zen Master Steve Wexler on "Data, Art and Infographics: What you can show v. What you should show." For more information and to register, check out this link: Data Art, Infographics, and Business Dashboards: What You Can Show vs. What You Should Show | Tableau Software

Join us at 8:00 AM Pacific/11 AM Eastern for the live presentation or check it out after the webinar at the Tableau YouTube Channel - Think Data Thursday & Talk Data - YouTube


+ There is still time to get in on the 2019.1 in beta, available now at our pre-release site Tell us what you think about Ask Data and Tableau Prep Conductor. Lots of amazing new features to check out and prepare for.  Download today.



Top-Voted Idea

This week, we have another older idea making the top vote getter for this week. was originally posted by Stephen Smirl currently has 643 up votes.   While the workaround is the suggested "Or" operator, the calculation takes more time/effort to create.


Most Talked About Thread

This week we have a great thread originally posted by Gowthami Sathiyanathan asking Histogram .  Community member Anand Bale jumped in to assist and provide a sample workbook and answers to these questions to help Gowthami learn a few Tableau tricks with the Index() function.  Check it out yourself and download the example .twbx file to learn more.



Community Highlights

+ Zen Master Ann Jackson and Social Media Ambassador Sarah Bartlett team up this year to share a data postcard each week.  This is a great project to follow along and learn from throughout the year.  So make a New Years resolution to check back each week. Start your first week adventure here - Dear Data 2019 – Week 1, Clocks – Jackson Two and here:


+ Zen Master Jeffrey Shaffer has a new blog post cleverly titled: Bar Hopping about the variations on the design of a simple bar chart.  Check out his site article here:  Data + Science


+ Zen Master Bridget Cogley  has a new post about the logic of designing dashboards -  Read this now because Bridget will be joining us in February for a Think Data Thursday to go deeper into this topic. Keep your eyes peeled for more information soon.


+ Speaking of Think Data Thursday's - Zen Master Steve Wexler is presenting this Thursday (see above under highlights) but he also has a new blog post about why a chart that is "good enough" is in fact "good enough".  Read more here:


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Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!


Patrick VDH