Hi Tableau Community,
Welcome to the weekly Community Digest! We have a number of announcements and things to highlight this week, but I wanted to lead off with a diagram and an excerpt from a blog I recently read from Ben Jones - former Senior Evangelist and head of Tableau Public and founder of Data Literacy. The blog titled On Giving and Receiving Critique in DataViz Communities opens with a simple question, "When, if ever, is it okay to give unsolicited, constructive feedback in public to someone who shares something they’ve made broadly online?"
This is something our team thinks about a lot as we support our growing global community. We strive to support the full spectrum of skills and abilities in data viz, from novice and those just exploring the field to Zen Masters. I often wonder, How do you show support, while also building capacity and helping people build confidence? When is it your place to do so - and how do you approach this professionally and positively? How can we do more - and where are we falling short? How can we nurture a culture that continues to do this as well - and what can we learn from our community? These are rhetorical questions and they do not have one clear answer. I encourage you to read Ben's blog and think about how this may apply to your work and your professional and social circles. I enjoyed Ben's thoughts on this topic, and the blog was supported by many leaders in data viz that I greatly respect. If his writing resonated with you please let him know If you would like to discuss this, or any other topics about the Tableau community with me, please don't hesitate to reach out! I can be found here or on Twitter @ettaboyle. Thank you for being a part of the Tableau Community and continuing to support each other and our mission to help people see and understand data.
+ Last week we announced the 2019 Tableau Zen Masters! Here is a link to the blog with all the details: Introducing our 2019 Tableau Zen Masters | Tableau Software . If you would like to follow the group on Twitter check out this list: @tableau/Tableau Zen Masters on Twitter.
+ Follow all the Zen Masters in the forums! Here is the full list with links to their profiles: New 2019 Zen Masters: Simon Beaumont Ken Black Merlijn Buit Rosario Gauna Chantilly Jaggernauth Yukari Nagata Klaus Schulte Luke Stanke &Mark Wu. Returning Zen Masters: Anya A'hearn Paul Banoub Mike Cisneros Bridget Cogley Christopher DeMartini Ken Flerlage Tamas Foldi Yvan Fornes Ann Jackson Yoshihito Kimura Chris Love Lilach Manheim Adam McCann Joshua Milligan David Murphy Eva Murray Shinichiro Murakami Rob Radburn Jeffrey Shaffer Ryan Sleeper & Emma Whyte
+ Our next Think Data Thursday is scheduled for Thursday, February 21st with Tableau Zen Master Bridget Cogley titled Think Data Thursday: The Logic of Dashboards - Designing for the Whole Picture - February 21st, 2019 8:00 AM Pacific . Register here: Webinar Registration - Zoom
▲ Top-Voted Idea
Two ideas in the forums received top marks for engagement; 'IN' Operator equivalent from Stephen Smirl and Ability To Select All Filters First Before Applying - Desktop & Server from Joseph Pirraglia. Joseph's idea has some valid comments asking how this is different than pausing live updates, and Stephen's has a number of workarounds showcased, and feedback shared from various Tableau employees. If you agree that these are needed features on the platform, or if you have more thoughts to add to the conversation, please log in to your community forum account to vote and connect with others.
▲ Most Talked About Thread
This week we are showcasing a thread from Rogier Koning : Date is randomly changing format form DD/MM/YY to MM/DD/YY where he shared, "I have an Excel sheet as data source. One column is a date in dd/mm/yyyy format. If I read the data into Tableau it changes the dates. Days with lower numbers get switched with the month while those with higher day-number (more than 12) day in the correct order." The issue was resolved when the contributors to the thread determined that OpenOffice was the source of the issue. If you have run into similar problems please read through the thread and continue to use the forums to look for solutions and to help others across the community!
▲ Community Highlights
+ Thailand based Ambassador Siroros Roongdonsai shared that they are having their second Tableau User Group in Bangkok on February 18th. We don't always highlight Tableau User Group meetings here - but we are incredibly excited to see the increase in engagement across APAC and very excited to support Siroros! Thank you for all your hard work.
+ Zen Master Eva Murray 's latest Forbes blog looks at using data visualization to drive (and be) change in organizations and beyond. The piece features vizzes from the community, including Operation Fistula who are supported by the Tableau Foundation. Read more here: Data Visualization And The Power Of Persuasion https://www.forbes.com/sites/evamurray/2019/02/11/data-visualization-and-the-power-of-persuasion/#56f7344c4612
+ Zen Master Ken Flerlage hosted a guest post on his blog by Kasia Gasiewska-Holc in which she talks about how to create custom animations and integrate them into your Tableau visualizations. The viz and the write up is brilliant! Check it out here: Creating Custom Animations for Use in Tableau (Guest Post)
+ Five-time Zen Master Anya A'hearn shared a blog on hosting a "Building off the Grid Dashboards" workshop based on the first Tableau "Kenya Day for Data" in Nairobi in November. "Off the Grid" - building Lo-Fi dashboards to create use and value outlines the activity + all the nitty gritty details so you can hold a similar workshop at your local Tableau User Group or office
+ Ambassador and #IronQuest Founder Sarah Bartlett published the summary of month 1 of #IronQuest last week. This post: Iron Quest - Analyzing Crime Data, includes all 27 crime-themed entries & the links to view the vizzes on Tableau Public. Iron Quest is a monthly community-led data visualization project that follows a similar format to the Tableau Iron Viz feeder competitions. Participants have a calendar month to source a suitable data set and then design, build and submit a data visualization. To read more and learn how to get involved check out Sarah's post: Introducing Iron Quest
+ Our first Danish Tableau Zen Master Merlijn Buit shared this Tableau Tip: How to hide user prompts for extensions on Tableau Server. If you are developing features with the extensions API you should definitely follow and get to know Merijn's work. You can follow him on Twitter along with all the other Zen Masters with this list: Tableau Zen Masters
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Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!