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Hi Tableau Community!

 

Welcome to a new edition of the weekly digest! This week we are celebrating all the mind-blowing entries we have seen for the Iron Viz First Round Global Qualifier on agriculture data. Seriously, you are all amazing! There were a total of 75 entries all highlighted on this blog: Explore the 2019 Iron Viz entries on agriculture data | Tableau Public

 

I'm not involved in the judging and am only highlighting this viz to the right from Jessica Minton because of 1. I think it's really unique, and 2. I like the story that it tells on regional identity: https://public.tableau.com/static/images/Ag/AgroEgo/AgroEgo/1.png


I encourage everyone to check out all the incredible submissions and participate in the next two global qualifiers before Data19 - Tableau's Annual Conference - in Las Vegas! Congratulations to everyone who participated! I do not envy the judges, you are all brilliant

 

Iron Viz is a data visualization contest, giving you the opportunity to compete with data rockstars from around the world. The winners of a series of qualifier contests advance to the championship, a live competition at either Tableau Conference Europe or Tableau Conference. Want to learn more about Iron Viz? Check this out: Iron Viz | Win or learn—you can’t lose

 

Announcements

+ Tableau Senior Product Manager Harveen Kathuria is keen to hear your feedback on exporting to Excel and table visualizations. Please take 5 minutes to take her survey: Exporting to Excel and Table Visualizations

 

+ 2019.2 is in its second beta! Vector maps, parameter actions, new Ask Data functionalist and more! Check out the blog with all the exciting details here: Now in beta: Vector maps, parameter actions, and new Ask Data functionality | Tableau Software

 

+ Our customer speaker applications are open for Tableau Conference 2019 through Sunday, May 19th! Here's why you should apply to speak at #data19: Applications are open! Why you should apply today to speak at TC19

 

Top-Voted Idea

 

Our Top-Voted Idea this week is from Joseph Pirraglia. Originally posted in 2012: Ability To Export Whole Workbook To Excel Similar To The PDF Function.

 

A notable update was shared from Tableau Principal Product Manager and frequent forum contributor Sean Boon: "Just want to add that this is possible now using a Tableau Dashboard Extension that you can find here: https://extensiongallery.tableau.com/products/25 The .csv scenario is a bit more complicated since it would have to produce a .zip file as a .csv file can only have a single structure in terms of its fields.  Packaging them up into a zip would solve this, but also create a bit more complexity for users as they wouldn't be able to just click on the zip and open that in Excel if that is the desired workflow." This is free to download and use!

 

Thank you to everyone who has voted - and to Sean for sharing the update! There are a couple of related ideas in the forum we have highlighted: Export All sheets to excel & Download Dashboards To Excel

 

* You will need to have a community forum login to vote, comment, share ideas, or post in the forums. Follow this link to create your own profile: Join the Community Forums!

 

Top-Viewed Thread


The top-viewed thread this week already has 20 replies but remains unsolved. In Difference between dates "Day" fields new community member JASON SYLVIA asks,

 

"I have 2 date time fields 4/19/2019 7:49 and 4/18/2019 23:59.  Using my Datediff function of datediff ('hour', 4/18/2019 23:59. 4/19/2019 7:49)/24 I end up with a difference of .125.  I simply want to distinguish the number of days between the day fields and if the difference is greater than 0.  I was using Datediff "day" initially but when I had used that function and ran into data like 4/10/2019 7:17 and 4/9/2019 23:59 it counts it as 0 when I would want that calculated as 1 (I assume because it is not a full 24 hours). " There are a number of people contributing to the conversation, and it looks like the last step was asking Jason to recreate the calculations to help others better understand how to help. There hasn't been any further activity on this thread since the 9th so hopefully, this can be solved soon. If you want to join the conversation and try end help click on the link above.

 

Welcome to the Tableau Community Forum, Jason! We're excited to have you and hope we can help you find your solution

 

Community Highlights


+ Tableau Social Ambassador Mark Bradbourne has made an Escape Room on Tableau Public! It's a learning tool to get people to explore vizzes. Check it out here: Can You Escape? Tableau Escape Room by Mark Bradbourne

 

+ Zen Master Anya A'hearn shared: DataBlick Blog Dashboard Drama  - from Flat to Fabulous.  Using lighting to draw attention to what is critical: Dashboard Drama - From Flat to Fabulous! — DataBlick - there is a pretty fantastic .gif in the blog that we can't share here but you should definitely check out!

 

+ Zen Master Bridget Cogley wrote a long-form read on data literacy examining through a linguistics and educator's lens: A Linguistics-Centric Take on Data Literacy

 

+ Tableau Public Ambassador Pablo Gomez shared,  Last Thursday’s Tableau DataVizDebate at LondonTUG between Andy Cotgreave and Andy Kirk was epic and if you didn’t see it, here is your chance to catch up and relive the moment! - Watch the full debate here:

 

There were numerous things to share this week, so apologies if we didn't feature your content. If you ever want to see your work highlighted in our weekly digest feel free to email community@tableau.com or tweet at us @tableausupport

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Amanda

Hi Tableau Community,

 

Welcome to the weekly Community Digest! I know many of you are avid users of Tableau Public, so if you're looking for ideas from a variety of data-sets why not check out this blog by Jacob Olsufka (Data Visualization Specialist at Spotify). How to find the best sources for free, public data sets | Tableau Software

 

You may remember at the last Tableau Conference, one of the topics of conversation was attribution in Tableau Public. The good news is you can now capture your sources of inspiration!

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Speaking of Tableau Conference, don't forget we have a board for all things #TC. Feel free to drop by Tableau Conference and join the conversation. Maybe you'd like to tell us about your past experiences or perhaps vote on one of the #TC related ideas?

With only 41 days left, the countdown is on for TC Europe in Berlin. To register, check out https://tc-europe19.tableau.com/

If you would like to apply to be a customer speaker at #TC in Las Vegas you can apply via the website HERE --> https://tc19.tableau.com/learn/apply-to-speak

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In other news, Part II of the blog on Porting Tableau Server to Linux is now available, courtesy of Jeff Solomon https://www.tableau.com/engineering/blog/2019/5/porting-tableau-server-linux-part-2-107610

 

Announcements

 

+ Harveen Kathuria in our Dev team is keen to hear your feedback on exporting to Excel and table visualizations. Please take 5 minutes to take the survey HERE --> Survey - Exporting to Excel and Table Visualizations

Keeping with the Excel theme, if you have previously voted on Idea #2767 Ewald Hofman would love to hear from you!

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Top-Viewed Thread

 

Our most viewed thread this week is Calculation for year over year performance   If you'd like to learn more about how Level of Detail Expressions work in Tableau, it's worth referencing the online help section Overview: Level of Detail Expressions - Tableau

 

Top-Voted Idea

 

One of the most popular ideas is #1411 Apply number formatting inside a calculated field. If this is a feature you'd like to see in a future release please add your votes and comments https://community.tableau.com/ideas/1411

 

If you spot any ideas that require a status change (eg: from 'Active' to 'Released'), please reach out to me Ciara Brennan (cbrennan@tableau.com).

Don't forget if you want to submit an idea or vote on an existing idea, you first need to log on to the Community Forums.

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Community Highlights


+ For the maps fans out there, we welcome you to try out the latest Beta so that you get a chance to play with new vector tiles, may styles and background layers. Find out more in the blog by Ashwin Kumar.

Rev up mapping with new vector tiles, map styles, and background layers now in beta | Tableau Software

 

+  A new home experience is coming to Tableau Online! This will help you to quickly locate the most relevant data. It will be easier to see what's most important to you with dedicated sections for favorites and 'recents'.

Check out more in this post by Greg Bennett  A new home experience coming to Tableau Online

 

+ Shout out to Zach Leber and Michel Caissie to thank them for their recent contributions to the Forums! Nice work, thank you!

 

"Well-explained. Thank you once more." Post

"Hi Michel, Thank you so much for a quick response with a wonderful solution. This is exactly what I wanted. You are a genius! Nagendra" Post

 

 

If you have any suggestions on what you'd like to see in future Digests, feel free to reach out to the team. We would love to hear from you! community@tableau.com

 

Til next time

Ciara

 

Hi Tableau Community!

 

Welcome to a fresh new edition of the weekly digest! We post these blogs at the start of every week to showcase some of the amazing work being done by our community members - particularly in the Community Forums. We also like to feature content from our social media and blog team and showcase some of the mindblowing work we are seeing on Tableau Public. If you like these posts we're pretty sure you'll like their dedicated channels as well. Click here to check out the Tableau Public blog - here to see the Tableau blog - here to follow us on Twitter - here to get connected on LinkedIn and then here for our home address Come see us next time you're in Seattle!

 

Spotlight: #VisualizeNoMalaria https://public.tableau.com/static/images/Vi/VisualizeNoMalariaDashboards/ReportingDetail/1.png

 

Visualize No Malaria is a groundbreaking initiative to solve one of the world’s most challenging health problems—ending malaria for good. This critical, life-saving work is lead by Tableau Foundation partner, PATH. The viz below on PATH's Tableau Public profile shows how PATH is helping the government of Zambia use data and analytics to fight malaria. The views in this viz are helping government officials and health workers make better decisions about where, when, and how to deploy their resources. (click through to see the image larger and learn more).

 

Last week, on April 25th, recognized as World Malaria Day, Steve Davis, President and CEO or PATH announced a new $4.3 million commitment by its #visualizenomalaria partners Tableau, Mapbox, ExasolAG, and Alteryx to expand the initiative in up to six countries. We at Tableau are proud to support this work and hope you find the articles and information inspiring.

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If you would like to learn more about PATH and how they have successfully transformed data into action please tune in for a webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25th with longtime Tableau Forum Ambassador and Hall of Fame Zen Master Jonathan Drummey. You can register here on zoom: Data for Action: Fighting Disease with Visualize No Malaria

 

Announcements

+
Now it’s even easier to brag about being #CertifiablyTableau with digital badges - visit http://tableau.com/certification for more info

 

+ The recording from last week's Think Data Thursday is available on demand: Think Data Thursday: How can I know my numbers are right? Validating data, calculations and joins - YouTube

 

+ 2019.2 is in its second beta! Vector maps, parameter actions, new Ask Data functionalist and more! Check out the blog with all the exciting details here: Now in beta: Vector maps, parameter actions, and new Ask Data functionality | Tableau Software

 

+ Our customer speaker applications are open for Tableau Conference 2019 through Sunday, May 19th! Here's why you should apply to speak at #data19: Applications are open! Why you should apply today to speak at TC19

 

Top-Voted Idea

 

The top-voted idea this week is 'IN' Operator equivalent - originally from 2012, and posted by Stephen Smirl - this idea currently has 713 votes. Recent activity on the idea includes a comment from Alex Blakemore sharing that "The set actions introduced in version 2018.3 address some of the use cases for an IN operator. Not all use cases, but you might to look at that feature" What are your thoughts? Have you tried the set action workaround? Feel free to vote and comment on this idea and let our team know what you think!

 

* You will need to have a community forum login to vote, comment, share ideas, or post in the forums. Follow this link to create your own profile: Join the Community Forums!

 

Community Highlights


+ Episode 3 of the Datasaurus-Rex Podcast from Zen Master David Murphy- Joshua Smith takes us through some of his awesome comic book vizzes that house great social messages. Could be quite timely to share given Avengers: Endgame is now out:  Video ► http://bit.ly/2X7wPNp & Audio ► http://bit.ly/2Iuvooh

 

+  From Jonathan Drummey: Parameter Actions: Using a parameter as a data source"Parameter actions are so cool we’ve already used them in our malaria elimination work in Zambia, I put together a post on what we did and how parameter actions can be used for building fantasy league drafts, games, and other use cases."

 

+ Tableau Ambassador Adam Crahen created a new course that teaches people how to read, build and format over 35 charts in Tableau for PluralSight! This is incredible work. Check it out here: Tableau Desktop Playbook: Building Common Chart Types - You can play the course overview or start a 10-day trial if you don't have an active Pluralsight account

 

There were numerous things to share this week, so apologies if we didn't feature your content. If you ever want to see your work highlighted in our weekly digest feel free to email community@tableau.com or tweet at us @tableausupport or to me directly @ettaboyle

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Amanda

Hi Tableau Community!

 

Welcome to the weekly digest and Happy Earth Day! According to the Earth Day Network, the 2019 theme is "Protect our Species." Shared on their website, "All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more." Read more here.

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When thinking of powerful content around conservation in the data viz community, the first author that comes to my mind is Jonni Walker. Jonni has only been on the Tableau Public team for about two years, but his work and his influence has been prevalent in our industry for years prior to that. (His first public viz was back in October of 2015!) One look at his Tableau Public Profile and you can see his passion for wildlife (especially the Kakapo) has not wavered. He shares incredible visualizations, weaving together data and storytelling, that compels the viewer to dig in deeper, learn more, and hopefully take action around conservation in their own lives. I know he has inspired me, I hope his work and his compassionate leadership will inspire you as well.

 

Announcements

+ This Thursday, April 25th, Tableau Forum Ambassador and Zen Master Jonathan Drummey will be hosting Think Data Thursday: How can I know my numbers are right? Validating data, calculations, and joins in Tableau - April 25… Register for the webinar here: Webinar Registration - Zoom

 

+ 2019.2 is in its second beta! Vector maps, parameter actions, new Ask Data functionalist and more! Check out the blog with all the exciting details from Tableau Product Marketing Specialist Emily Chen here: Now in beta: Vector maps, parameter actions, and new Ask Data functionality | Tableau Software . In addition to that, check out Zen Master Joshua Milligan's sneak peek at Parameter Actions in 2019.2

 

+ Our customer speaker applications are open for Tableau Conference 2019 through Sunday, May 19th! Here's why you should apply to speak at #data19: Applications are open! Why you should apply today to speak at TC19

 

+ Don't miss out on your chance to join #data19 in Berlin! Tickets are still available, and we can't wait to see you! TC Europe Tickets.

 

 

Top-Voted Idea

 

The most popular idea last week was Proper string function - Proper() by Minh Nguyen. In the post they write, "It would be great if the developers can add a easily function - proper() function to capitalize the first letter of words. This is a basic function in almost all applications." If you agree please add your vote + any supporting comments you may have. We would love to hear from you!

 

* You will need to have a community forum login to vote, comment, share ideas, or post in the forums. Follow this link to create your own profile: Join the Community Forums!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

 

The thread with the most responses this week was Sort by years by Aym cham. They ask for help sharing, "I would like to sort in descending order the years for two different sheet in the same dashboard." with the example:

 

They want to sort in descending order the years for two different sheets in the same dashboard. The original post includes a packaged workbook. There are 18 replies on the post so far, and it remains unanswered.

 

Do you think you can help? Check out the link, and join the conversation! Sort by years

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Forum contributor JOSE CHERIAN shared a great post detailing an approach to working with all unique values of fields when large data sets are sampled in Tableau Prep. Check out his blog for more info: Tableau Prep Tip – Getting Group And Replace Right At One Go For Enormous Data Sets

 

 

+ Zen Masters Jeffrey Shaffer and Steve Wexler will be hosting a Chart Chat on May 7th where they weigh in on what’s happening in the data visualization world. Topics they plan to cover include: Things that delighted and dismayed them, how to avoid having the tool dictate the visualization, and more! Here

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is a link to register: Chart Chat, Round 5

 

 

+ If you are looking for inspiration and a little insight into how Ambassador and Zen Master Rosario Gauna approaches #WorkoutWednesday you should check out her blog in English and in Español!

 

 

+ Social Ambassador Sarah Bartlett wrote up a blog on her recent IronViz Europe entry: Breaking Bag Habits: Combatting Plastic Bag Use in the UK #IronViz Europe. in which she discusses the theme, her sources of inspiration, research & data collection, design, color and more!

 

There were numerous things to share this week, so apologies if we didn't feature your content. If you ever want to see your work highlighted in our weekly digest feel free to email community@tableau.com or tweet at us @tableausupport or to me directly @ettaboyle

 

Thank you & Happy Earth Day!

Amanda

Hi everyone, and welcome to another Community Digest

 

Wasn’t it great to see Tiger Woods winning his fifth Masters at Augusta yesterday? He is just the second ever player to win a Masters in three different decades (the first being Jack Niklaus). In honor of the win, I thought I’d share some golf vizzes that caught my eye.

 

First up is Becoming Golf’s Number One by Rody Zakovich, which shows how both Tiger and Greg ‘The Shark’ Norman dominated during their prime.

 

Next up, our friends at Interworks compiled a viz showing the impact of age in professional golf, and it turns out the sweet spot is the 32-33 age bracket

 

~~ Let us know if you come across any other great golf vizzes! ~~

 

There are some really impressive submissions for the 2019 Iron Viz Europe qualifier contest. The theme is 'Energy and Sustainability' and you can check out the 33 electrifying submissions at the gallery. Feel free to favorite your preferences and follow the authors --> See how the 2019 Iron Viz Europe entries visualize energy and sustainability | Tableau Public

 

My personal favorite is Breaking Bag Habits by Sarah Bartlett.

The dark background and creative design really makes the data pop, and I was particularly drawn to the Bag for Life section. I know I’m guilty of forgetting my Bags for Life in the boot of car and buying more during the next shop. So for me, seeing that Tesco sold a whopping 430M bags between 2017-2018 is an eye opener, and I will definitely be more mindful in the future.

 

Announcements:

If you have previously voted on Idea #2767, or are interested in seeing ‘excel like’ sorting in Tableau then our Dev team would love to hear from you. One of our Senior PMs in Dev (Ewald Hofman) is actively looking for further feedback and use cases, so please reach out to him at ehofman@tableau.com to share twbx files/screenshots on this topic.

 

A quick reminder about this video, which was created to help guide you through upgrading Tableau Server from 2018.1 (or earlier) to 2018.2

 

 

Top Voted Idea:

Our most popular Idea last week was #1215 [Desktop Edition should remember db server passwords]. This one has 362 votes to date, and if it’s something you would like to see in a future release please add your votes & comments. https://community.tableau.com/ideas/1215

 

One of the things we love most about new releases is the opportunity to flip ‘Active’ ideas to ‘Released’. Here is a quick snapshot of just some of the ideas we flipped with the roll out of 2019.1.

 

Most Talked About Thread:

The most popular thread last week was around calculated fields, which can often prove tricky. Kudos to Deepak Rai and Don Wise for jumping in with their suggestions.

Don’t forget that if you would like to help the Community you can always pop in to the Crow’s Nest to find the unanswered questions.

 

Community Highlights:

I suppose I cannot fail to mention #GameOfThrones, which - I’m reliably told by Jonni Walker – is “not really like Eastenders” (! )

So for the GoT fans in the house, I’m sure you’ll love Adam McCann's viz – Game of Thrones in words .

 

Before we wrap up, I'd like to a minute to recognize some folks for their recent involvement in the Forums. A big THANK YOU for the answers they have provided and the contributions they have made to the Community. We really do appreciate your efforts folks, thanks a million.

Avinash Pallapotu Sankarmagesh Rajan  Naveen B  Ame Tso  Nick Parsons  Kelly Bellinghausen  Jeff Strauss  Lei Chen

 

Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact the team at community@tableau.com , or reach out to myself, Patrick Byrne or Amanda Boyle

 

Til next time

Ciara

 

 

Hi Tableau Community!

 

We have another week of an amazing digest with some phenomenal content from the Tableau Community. I decided that I wanted to share a viz that shows you how to create a highly requested chart type, Create a Hub & Spoke Diagram, which can be used to show many different types of data. The most common and data that interests me due to my love of traveling, is flight data! Create a hub and spoke diagram of your own with the embedded example video created by Andy Kriebel within the Tableau Public viz. Check the full viz here.

 

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If you use this viz and video to make your own hub and spoke, upload it to Tableau Public and share it as a comment to this digest. I want to see what data everyone dives into using this chart type.

 

 

Announcements

 

+ Our team has a new video that will guide you through the updated process for a Tableau Server 2018.1 or earlier to a TSM version of Tableau Server. Definitely watch this before upgrading Tableau Server! Full video can be found here: Video: Upgrading from Tableau Server 2018.1 or earlier

 

+ Ewald Hofman, Tableau Product Manager, wants your feedback on the following Tableau Community Idea: "'Excel Like' Sorting". Ewald is looking for some screenshots and examples of your use cases.

 

+ Our customer speaker applications are open for Tableau Conference 2019!
Here's why you should apply to speak at #data19: Applications are open! Why you should apply today to speak at TC19

 

+ Don't miss out on your chance to join #data19 in Berlin at a discounted rate. Register today! TC Europe Tickets.

 

+ Check out the 2019.2 beta before it is too late! Vector maps, parameter actions, new Ask Data functionalist and more! Check out the blog with all the exciting details from Tableau Product Marketing Specialist Emily Chen here: Now in beta: Vector maps, parameter actions, and new Ask Data functionality | Tableau Software .

 

Top-Voted Idea

 

This week our top-voted idea is Apply number formatting inside a calculated field which was posted by Russell Lamb and has received 7 votes over the last week. Bringing the total for the Community Forums Idea to 779 total votes! There are no current updates for the idea, but please show your support for the feature by sharing, up-voting and adding additional comments!

 

*To participate with a vote, or comment on the idea you will need to log in with your Tableau Community Forums account.

 

Most Talked About Thread

 

Our most talked about tread comes from Dheeraj I who posted April 4th was quickly engaged by Naveen B who was able to provide an outside the box solution leveraging the Contains() function in Tableau Desktop. The initial suggestion that Naveen had was to leverage REGEXP (Regular Expressions) within Tableau, but this was not able to be accomplished due to the data types in use. Thanks for the awesome assistance Naveen and thanks for posting in the Community Dheerja!

 

As we will continue to share, in the Tableau Forums, we frequently request those who post questions to attach a packaged workbook. This document is to help you understand when a packaged workbook helps, why we ask for it, and how to include one: Packaged workbooks: when, why, how . Please bookmark this resource!

Community Highlights

 

 

+ The Tableau Mobile deployment with Citrix Endpoint Management and Microsoft Intune guide is a great resource for users attempting to manage the Tableau Mobile deployments. Check the guide out from Rahul Motwani found here.

 

+ Why Do Bar Charts Work? and Interesting Bar Chart Variations you and Could Be Using! The phenomenal Eva Murray has two amazing articles in Forbes about bar charts. Explore the reasoning behind why these charts are successful in conveying your point with data. Then take a turn to the design of your charts by checking the interesting variations of bar charts that are out there.

 

+ Explore the thought behind beauty within a viz through in the newest blog post from Bridget Cogley. Check the new blog post as well as the rest of Bridget's awesome blog here.

 

If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Community team, we would love to hear from you at community@tableau.com or Tweet at me @Data_Diplomat

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Patrick

Hi Tableau Community!

 

Welcome to another edition of our weekly digest. As spring has arrived for much of us here in the northern hemisphere I thought it appropriate to share a viz on pollen.  I love spring when the days grow long and the buds on the trees hint at leaves to come. Here in Seattle, nearly every street is covered with cherry blossoms and magnolia petals! This is lovely, albeit foreboding, as with these blossoms comes pollen. Pollen that makes you sneeze, your eyes puffy, and fills your head with congestion. Seasonal allergies seem to sneak up on me every year, so with sympathy for my fellow afflicted friends, please enjoy this brilliant viz, Paris "City of Pollen" A geographical analysis of pollen from Rondeau Mathieu :

 

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William Faulkner wrote, "Sometimes I think there must be a sort of pollen of ideas floating in the air, which fertilizes similarly minds here and there which have not had direct contact." That is a poetic way to think of how we all share information and ideas across our wide and diverse community. I will try to remember that while I take my anti-histamine and hope for rain Have a great week and please enjoy the rest of the digest!


Announcements

+ Our customer speaker applications are open for Tableau Conference 2019!
Here's why you should apply to speak at #data19: Applications are open! Why you should apply today to speak at TC19

 

+ Don't miss out on your chance to join #data19 in Berlin at a discounted rate. Register today to save: TC Europe Tickets. Prices go up this Friday, April 5th.

 

+ 2019.2 is in beta! Vector maps, parameter actions, new Ask Data functionalist and more! Check out the blog with all the exciting details from Tableau Product Marketing Specialist Emily Chen here: Now in beta: Vector maps, parameter actions, and new Ask Data functionality | Tableau Software .

 

We’re working hard to get Tableau 2019.2 out the door, but we need your input first! We invite you to give us feedback so we can identify any issues and ensure the highest quality for these new features. Features included in beta and in the final version of Tableau 2019.2 may change over time as we complete beta testing. Join the Tableau pre-release community today! Tableau Pre-Release Programs | Tableau Software

 

Top-Voted Idea

 

This week our top-voted idea is Allow users to set bar, line, shape, and padding widths by pixels or percents. This was just posted on March 28th by Skylark Macadamia and already has 16 votes. In the text they share, "Currently Tableau offers limited control over chart design. Allowing users to set exact pixel widths or percentages for bars, lines, shapes, and padding within charts, will allow greater design precision and lead to cohesive designs within dashboards. Allowing users precise control over these features will also help them conform dashboard designs to existing brand guidelines." If you agree that this is needed click on the link and up-vote the idea.

 

* You will need to have a community forum login to vote, comment, share ideas, or post in the forums. Follow this link to create your own profile: Join the Community Forums!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread


Our most talked about thread this week is on Joins in Tableau by Twinkle Bansal . In the initial thread, they shared, "Actually table '_users' is not having direct join with table '_projects' so I joined that one with table 'sites' and wrote below query. But again and again am getting error 'Invalid FROM Clause near table _users':" ... it continues from there. The author is using PostgreSQL and involved some but not all users having access to the particular project. Ari G was able to help Twinkle to a solution and shared details in the thread.

 

There are numerous threads in the forums on users have trouble with joins both in Tableau Desktop and Prep. Many of the common questions have been solved so we encourage you to search through the forums for a solution before posting a question. The answer to your question may very well be already posted and this is a great opportunity to learn more with Tableau!

 

 

As we will continue to share, in the Tableau Forums, we frequently request those who post questions to attach a packaged workbook. This document is to help you understand when a packaged workbook helps, why we ask for it, and how to include one: Packaged workbooks: when, why, how . Please bookmark this resource!

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Tableau Forum Ambassador Jim Dehner has started to use his Tableau Public site as a library where he is documenting different approaches to frequently asked questions (FAQs) in the forum. Some include"how-to" instructions or can be reverse engineered to help users learn. There are nine examples so far - check them out here: Tableau Public

 

+ Tableau Public Ambassador Rajeev Pandey shares how to create a block bar donut chart in a recent blog post and in support of the #PreppinData challenge from Tableau Ambassador Carl Allchin and Jonathan Allenby he wrote a piece encouraging readers to "Think About Your Data Holistically." Enjoy!

 

+ Speaking of #PreppinData: Check out the fill site and all the weekly challenges here: Preppin' Data. On this site Carl and Jonathan provide a weekly challenge to manipulate a data set that they provide into an output they will publish. On the following week, they will add the solution file to the previous week's folder and set a new challenge. This is a great resource for everyone using Tableau Prep!

+ Zen Master Ken Flerlage posted a blog on how to create a date scaffold in Desktop and Prep here: Creating a Date Scaffold in Tableau . This was inspired by seeing a common problem in the Tableau Community Forum of missing dates. He shares, "For instance, you may want your visualization to always show all twelve months of the year, regardless of whether or not there is data for all twelve months. Quite often, the solution to these problems is to use a date scaffold. So, in this blog, I’m going to show you how to create and use a date scaffold in Tableau." This is a great resource and inspired by the work of many others. Ken's blog provides attribution and a detailed step-by-step guide.

 

+ The latest episode of #AnalyticsPodcast is out with fantastic guest, Mark Jewett, Tableau's VP of Product Marketing. In this episode hosts Ann Jackson and Luke Stanke  discuss the community impact on Tableau products, what it means to have a data-driven culture, the next generation of data workers, and more. Check out the full recording here: Hashtag Analytics | "It starts with empowerment." S02E02 - YouTube

 

+ Zen Master Joshua Milligan has published the 3rd edition of Learning Tableau 2019. This edition includes new features of Tableau 2019 and has an entirely new chapter devoted to Tableau Prep! Josh's book is available on Amazon here: Learning Tableau 2019: Tools for Business Intelligence, data prep, and visual analytics

 

If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Community team, we would love to hear from you at community@tableau.com

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Amanda

Greetings Tableau Community,

 

First off I'd like to share a really interesting article published by Eva Murray in Forbes on the importance of color in data visualizations. Eva talks about how colors sets the tone and reinforces a message for the underlying visual display. The article made me think a bit more about the color design within Tableau, and the different color palettes used. If you're interested to learn more about the science behind color and visual design principles, there is on-demand webinar that you can access HERE.

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Next up, congratulations and thank yous are in order for some of our top contributors over the last week! Thanks to Naveen B for 30 answers being marked as Helpful, to Ken Flerlage for 18 answers marked Correct. To Zhouyi Zhang and Mahfooj Khan for crafting Responses that garnered 3+ Likes. Well done folks, thank you so much for everything you do in the Forums

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One of the more popular Ideas recently is #6100 Allow Server Administrators to View As Other Users. This idea was created three years ago and now has 400 Votes. You'll notice that Michael Hesser has kindly provided a workaround for this topic. However if this Idea is of interest to you, please add your votes and comments. 

 

Now that the 2019.2 Beta is available, we're excited to switch the status on a number of Ideas, such as ....

 

#1370  Force Server users to reset passwords

#1528  Tableau Server Enterprise deployments - Additional Password Policy controls

#7197  Tableau ONLINE Usage Stats

#4123  Traditional Chinese User Interface (Desktop, Prep and Server)

 

Our top viewed thread this week - with over 1500 views - is a question from Rachel Nichols re. Calculation help. Fantastic contributions on this thread from Ewald Hofman, Robert Breen and Kaz Shakir.

 

A quick reminder that if you'd like to help tackle our Unanswered Questions, please check out the Crow's Nest. You're welcome to search for specific topics you are an expert in and help answer questions from fellow Tableau Community members! Crow's Nest

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Lastly if you have any questions or suggestions for the Community Forums team, we would love for you to reach out - we're all ears!

Ciara Brennan  Patrick Byrne  Amanda Boyle  , or you can email us at community@tableau.com

 

 

Til next time, Ciara

Hi #DataFam,

 

This week I wanted to share a viz created by David Velleca about the rise and fall (based on dollars of revenue) of the various formats that we consume music in. Starting back with 8-track and vinyl back in 1973 and taking us to modern day with streaming services and other platforms. One interesting takeaway and something that helps support my theory about vinyl regaining popularity increasing over the last decade is how the sales revenue of vinyl declined all the way through 2007 until 2008 when it began its climb back up! Having collected vinyl all my life I had noticed a trend in its popularity but it is something I have neglected to prove with data. But luckily David has done it for me!

 

Check out the viz below and the rest of David's awesome gallery on Tableau Public: Tableau Public | David Velleca

 

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Announcements


+ Our Think Data Thursday with long-time Tableau Forum Ambassador Joe Oppelt took place last week! Joe discussed how to utilize sheet swapping to make your dashboards pop! Check out this link in the forum for details Think Data Thursday: How to utilize Sheet Swapping to make your Dashboards Pop - March 14, 2019 A recording of the webinar will be uploaded to our playlist here: Think Data Thursday & Talk Data - YouTube

 

+ Tableau Conference 2019 site is up! Check out the site and get excited for the biggest #DataFam party out there. It will be my 4th year attending the conference, and each year is bigger than the last! There is no other event out there quite like Tableau Conference. It is part music festival and part business conference. Where you can get down with a Tableau training, talk or workshop and then get down on the dance floor with some awesome artists at the Data Night Out! Check out the site: https://tc19.tableau.com/ Share your conference journey or excitement with the hashtag #Data19!

 

+ 2019.2 is in beta! Vector maps, parameter actions, new Ask Data functionalist and more! Check out the blog with all the exciting details from Tableau Product Marketing Specialist Emily Chen here: Now in beta: Vector maps, parameter actions, and new Ask Data functionality | Tableau Software.

 

We’re working hard to get Tableau 2019.2 out the door, but we need your input first! We invite you to give us feedback so we can identify any issues and ensure the highest quality for these new features. Features included in beta and in the final version of Tableau 2019.2 may change over time as we complete beta testing. Join the Tableau pre-release community today! Tableau Pre-Release Programs | Tableau Software

 

 

Most Talked About Thread


+ Our most talked about thread this week had 18 replies has a solution posted! Jon rios asked for some assistance on the use of KPI labels in Tableau, KPI labels for colors only shows 1 option, we have several replies from our phenomenal Tableau Community Forums members and some potential solutions shared by Robert Breen. Thanks for helping out your #DataFam Robert and thank you for posting in the Community Forums Jon!

 

Remember to mark replies has helpful, or correct if they help resolve the issue or answer your discussion question. It is a great way to say thanks for their contributions to our amazing Community Forums. Also, don't forget a workbook when you are posting! Users who post questions to attach a packaged workbook. This document is to help you understand when a packaged workbook helps, why we ask for it, and how to include one: Packaged workbooks: when, why, how. Definitely bookmark this resource!


Top Voted Idea

 

+ The top voted idea this week is Allow Server Administrators To View As Other Users, created in 2016 and has 395 votes! The idea was created with the thought of being able to evaluate user permissions throughout an organization. Do you like the idea? Sign into the Tableau Community and up-vote it to show support! Don't forget to share the idea with other #DataFam who would also love this feature.

 

Join the conversation and share your ideas with the Tableau Community.

 

Community Highlights

 

 

+ Ken Flerlage, Tableau Zen Master, has a new blog post up about teaching you how to make radar charts in Tableau! Ken is a true Tableau Viz Wiz and has tons of awesome posts on his blog. Check out the latest about Radar Charts here: https://www.kenflerlage.com/2019/03/radar-charts.html

 

+ Want some reasons to enter the Iron Viz competition? Check out the new blog post by Sarah Bartlett on her blog Sarah Loves Data and check out some of her other amazing posts. Share your reasons for entering Iron Viz in the comments!


+ New episode of the Tableau Wannabe Podcast is up! This episode is featuring Chantilly Jaggenauth a Tableau Zen Master! Listen to her talk about how she first started with Tableau and the amazing #MAD program. More information on MAD can be found here: Millennials and Data | Program Benefits  Listen here: The Tableau Wannabe Podcast: 192 - Chantilly Jaggernauth

 

+ The #LondonTUG has a new blog post up highlighting some amazing things from their last meeting. Watch the presentation by Mark Jewett, head of Product Marketing at Tableau.

 

+ Lorna Eden 's #WorkOutWednesday's challenge to add a custom sort control spired a new blog post from Klaus Schulte showing how he created his custom sort control. Check out the awesome blog from Klaus here: Custom Sort Controls in Tableau!

 

+ Don't miss your chance to respond! Courtney Jacobson on Tableau's Customer Solutions team has shared a poll in the forums to help improve and evolve the certification program. This survey is limited to those who have already completed their Tableau Desktop Qualifies Associate exam. If that is you - we would love to head from you. Please contribute here: Planning to level up? If you are new to Tableau or you would like to learn more about our certification exams you can read all about the process, the exams, take training, and register for your exams here: Certification | Tableau Software

 

If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Community team, we would love to hear from you at community@tableau.com

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, analyzing, and discovering!

 

Patrick Byrne

 

Follow my thoughts on data at @Data_Diplomat_

Hi Tableau Community,

 

Welcome to the weekly Community Digest! We have some exciting news to share right out the gates today. Today at SXSW the Tableau Foundation announced that it is committing more than $1.3 million in software, services, and financial support to help eliminate veteran and chronic homelessness in 50 communities across the U.S. by 2025. The partnership will help Community Solutions, a nonprofit expanding the use of data and analytics for its highly successful Built for Zero program. This grant helps all Built for Zero communities move from working with aggregate-level data to person-level data, while also helping automate the process of ingesting, transforming, and visualizing their data.

 

Tableau Foundation has been working with the Built for Zero team on ways to bring together data from dozens of organizations across a community and help people in need get the right support in the moments they need it. To date, 10 communities – like Arlington, VA, Bergen County, NJ, and Abilene, TX – have functionally ended homelessness for veterans, people experiencing chronic homelessness or both. The initiative has exceeded its initial 50 communities and is now active in more than 70 communities across the country including Detroit, Phoenix, Jacksonville, St. Louis, and Denver. Read the full blog post and find out how you can support this important work here: Built for Zero communities use data to fight homelessness at the system level  | Tableau Software

 

I'd love to share a special shout out to Tableau Zen Masters and friends Lilach Manheim Ann Jackson Ken Flerlage Anya A'hearn Allan Walker & Neil Richards for your generous support of this work. Thank you!

 

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Announcements


+ Our next Think Data Thursday is this Thursday, March 14th with long-time Tableau Forum Ambassador Joe Oppelt . Joe will be discussing how to utilize sheet swapping to make your dashboards pop! Check out this link in the forum for details Think Data Thursday: How to utilize Sheet Swapping to make your Dashboards Pop - March 14, 2019 8 AM PST and be sure to RSVP here: Webinar Registration.

 

I was recently looking back through old blogs and documents on the Tableau Community history and discovered that Joe was one of the original Tableau Ambassadors! He joined the forums in 2014 and in 2015 he was selected into the original cohort of nine and recognized for his engagement and support in the Community Forums. Here is the announcement blog: Meet the Tableau Ambassadors! | Tableau Software  Thank you so much for the last five years+ of support! We look forward to continuing to work together for years to come

 

+ 2019.2 is in beta! Vector maps, parameter actions, new Ask Data functionalist and more! Check out the blog with all the exciting details from Tableau Product Marketing Specialist Emily Chen here: Now in beta: Vector maps, parameter actions, and new Ask Data functionality | Tableau Software .

 

We’re working hard to get Tableau 2019.2 out the door, but we need your input first! We invite you to give us feedback so we can identify any issues and ensure the highest quality for these new features. Features included in beta and in the final version of Tableau 2019.2 may change over time as we complete beta testing. Join the Tableau pre-release community today! Tableau Pre-Release Programs | Tableau Software

 

 

Most Talked About Thread


Our most talked about thread this week had 17 replies and was resolved! Caroline Ettinger was trying to do a Rolling week comparison by week. She had done her due diligence and read a bunch of previous questions - but none solved for what she was experiencing. She was unable to share her original workbook but cleaned up a portion of the data which kicked the conversation into high gear. Thank you for all that supported Caroline in solving this issue and cheers to Don Wise for providing the correct answer.

 

As we will continue to share, in the Tableau Forums, we frequently request those who post questions to attach a packaged workbook. This document is to help you understand when a packaged workbook helps, why we ask for it, and how to include one: Packaged workbooks: when, why, how . Please bookmark this resource!

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Tableau Ambassador and Interworks pro David Pires recently wrote a piece on the new features in 2019.1: check it out here! 2019.1's new features included Ask Data, Prep Conductor, Tableau Mobile and more. You can read about all the new features and highlights on our products page: Tableau 2019.1 New Features

 

+ Zen Master and Forbes contributor Eva Murray wrote a new feature on 'Changing The Conversation For Women In Data'. In the article, she writes, "A move towards gender equality in an organization and in our sector can start with small steps and I invite you to be part of it by changing the conversation". Eva has authored eight articles for Forbes so far. You can see them all here on her author page: Eva Murray on Forbes

 

+ Courtney Jacobson on Tableau's Customer Solutions team has shared a poll in the forums to help improve and evolve the certification program. This survey is limited to those who have already completed their Tableau Desktop Qualifies Associate exam. If that is you - we would love to head from you. Please contribute here: Planning to level up? If you are new to Tableau or you would like to learn more about our certification exams you can read all about the process, the exams, take training, and register for your exams here: Certification | Tableau Software

 

 

If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Community team, we would love to hear from you at community@tableau.com

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Amanda

Greetings Tableau Community,

 

Welcome to the first Digest of March - the month that brings us Spring daffodils, March Madness and of course St. Patrick's Day

This week I'd like to share a fantastic post by Jim Cox, our Product Manager for Tableau Mobile. Tableau Mobile:  Redesigned App Coming Soon The redesigned app brings lots of welcome improvements to the browsing experience and offline access.

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Announcements

Our CTO Andrew Beers recently announced a new Engineering blog for R&D. Check it out here: Announcing our new Engineering Blog for research and development | Tableau Software I particularly liked the blog by Mia Dubose on how to make Sprint reviews more visual.

 

Why not visit the Community's one-stop-shop for all things Tableau Public , feel free to jump in to answer questions, share tips on how you created your Vizzes and vote on the Ideas.

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Most Talked About Thread

One of our most viewed threads this week is a question from Yun Jing on making Gantt bars for financial data. Some great inputs by Zhouyi Zhang and Robert Breen to help address this. This thread is worth a read as its always nice to see great collaboration between Community members How to make Gantt Bar for Financial data?

 

Top Voted Idea

The top voted idea from last week is #1411 Apply number formatting inside a calculated field. Good news is that Idea #7197 is now marked Beta, so if you'd like to try out Tableau Online Admin Insights for yourself, check it out here - we welcome your feedback

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Community Highlights

Some of our members that have joined within the last few months are really moving through the ranks and providing great contributions. So big thanks and shout outs to Manoj Lobo (Data Cowboy level), Claire Smith (Data Wrangler level) and Tatiana Hernandez (Got Data level).

 

As a reminder, the actions to receive points are outlined on this page Points, Levels & Badges

 

TC Europe is coming up soon (17-19 June), and if you'd like to hear more about it why not dial in to the live webinar on March 7th (10-10.30 GMT)

 

As always if you have any feedback or suggestions for the Tableau Community Forums team, please email us at community@tableau.com

 

Cheers, Ciara

Ciara Brennan (@Ciara_B_27) | Twitter

Hello Tableau Community and #DataFam!

 

Welcome to another amazing week in the Tableau Community! This is such a vibrant and diverse community that it is truly a pleasure to be a part of and I love to see the continuous development and improvement. Recently, two of my loves combined, Tableau and my love for the one ring to rule them all! I am talking about the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) of course. This was one of the few books I read completely through that was not either mandated by schooling or was not focused on historical events or self-development. I rarely get engrossed by a fantasy book, But LOTR was a different story and kept me engaged the entire time. So what does this have to do with Tableau? Well, in my recent professed love of LOTR over Twitter, I was shared a couple awesome vizzes that I knew I needed to include them in my Tableau Community Digest. From James Smith, better known in the Twitter-verse as @sportschord shared the "The Lord of the Rings Story Line" viz. Another great LOTR viz is the takes a different route through vizzing middle earth and our favorite trio of hobbits. Creating what Ken Flerlage calls the Middle Earth Facebook. Both amazing vizzes! Check them out below:

 

https://public.tableau.com/views/LordoftheRingsStoryline/LOTRStoryline

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Top-Voted Idea

 

An old one, but a good one, the top voted Community idea this week is Apply number formatting inside a calculated field. This is to allow users to format their text used inside a calculated field in Tabeau. An example of this would allow users to modify the given format of a view depending on a parameter selection.

 

Your votes and comments are welcome on all Ideas so be sure to visit Ideas. Want more votes for your idea? Promote internally within your company to other Tableau Users. They will need to sign in or sign up to the Tableau  Community Forums.

 

Most Talked About Thread

 

The most talked about thread comes from EKENE ODIGBOH about Urgent Not actually, this was merely a title as Ekene needed some quick assistance on reproducing a heat map. The Community Forums was quick to help to provide examples of the desired heatmap using the packaged workbook attached in the original post. Don Wise was very helpful working through some iterations with Ekene, helping provide an understanding and achieve the desired results.

 

Have you helped out in the Tableau Community Forums? Check out the Tableau Crow's Nest for unanswered posts in the Community Forums: Crow's Nest

 

 

Community Highlights

 

+ Tableau Ambassador Mark Bradbourne has an amazing new blog out that looks at how sometimes we need to take a step back and bust out the old fashioned pen and paper. Check it out here.

 

+ Next level storytelling with the Tableau Extensions API written by Zen Master Merlijn Buit has just been released! Definitely, do not want to miss out on this amazing blog found here.

 

+ Pablo Gomez, a Tableau Ambassador, has a new webinar out for our Spanish speaking Tableau enthusiasts and aspiring data rockstars! The webinar can be found here.

 

+ Our Think Data Thursday occurred last Thursday! Tableau Zen Master Bridget Cogley gave an amazing talk about dashboard designing for your end user! Check out the #ThinkDataThursday playlist on YouTube with the latest Think Data Thursday from Bridget and all past #TDTs!

 

If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Community team, we would love to hear from you at community@tableau.com

 

Happy analyzing!

 

Cheers,

- Byrne

 

Stay up to date on my thoughts about data: Patrick Byrne (@Data_Diplomat_) | Twitter

Hi Tableau Community,

 

Welcome to the weekly Community Digest! The Academy Awards are coming up this weekend. Check out this visualization about the highest grossing Actors of All Time while you wait to see who gets this year's golden statues. Samuel L. Jackson with 108 movies throughout his career is the real deal.  Thanks to Ryan Sleeper Twitter:@ryanvizzes.  See his blog and related post here:  https://viz.fyi/BLOCKBUSTER

 

+  It was a big week here at Tableau 2019.1.1 with Ask Data and the much requested Tableau Prep Conductor.   Amanda Boyle has a post with links to all the information you need to get up and going with these new features.  Read here: Natural language and data prep at scale arrive with Tableau 2019.1

 

+ Speaking of 2019.1.1 - Zen Master David Murphy has a video showing what Ask Data is and it's benefits.  What is Ask Data in Tableau? #Tableau #AskData - YouTube

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+ Our next Think Data Thursday is this 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


The top voted idea in the Community this week is one the request to "Show SQL".  This idea does have a few different solutions to utilize for finding the SQL sent to data sources so be sure to read the comments on page two and visit this KB article: https://kb.tableau.com/articles/howto/viewing-underlying-sql-queries-desktop      Your votes and comments are welcome on all Ideas so be sure to visit Ideas.

 

Woot! Did you notice that an idea created way back in 2012 by Shawn Wallwork has a status change to "Planned".  The idea Ability to Disable the One-Click Sort is now in planning.  Persistence and 771 upvotes votes are making this request a reality. Thank you for your votes and comments. Keep your eyes out for this hitting Beta soon.  

 

Most Talked About Thread

 

Community member Caitlyn Garger brings us this weeks most viewed thread on the topic of Normalization/Standardization.  Caitlyn's question is about normaling two different lines to better understand the relationship of the values when the axis minimizes the value/impacts of one of the lines.  Aurélien Vautier contributes a reply suggesting the use of a dual axis to better show the two lines and user Tim Dines shares a more detailed view utilizing a few other aggregation models and the use of shapes with commentary in the visualization.  Finally, Michael Hesser suggest even a few more options to compare the lines as well as methods to swap between different views.  The community provided all of these replies within a couple hours of the original post.  Thank you Aurelien, Tim and Michael.

 

Community Highlights


+ Zen Master Eva Murray authored a blog article about the top 7 skills for data analysts that you can read here: Top 7 Skills You Need To Have As A Data Analyst

 

+ Zen Master Ken Flerlage has created a new blog article on how to create gradient effects  on bar and area charts.  Ken loves taking Tableau to the next level so be sure to check out his blog. https://www.kenflerlage.com/2019/02/gradient-colors.html

 

If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Community team, we would love to hear from you at community@tableau.com

 

Keep vizzing everyone!

 

Patrick

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?"


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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.

 

Announcements


+ 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

 

+ Singapore based Zen Master David Murphy recently updated his Find-A-Zen Tableau Public dashboard with the 2019 cohort. Check it out to see where the whole group is based and more quality info!

 

+ 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

 

+ Ambassador Amanda Patist shared that Data + Women Amsterdam is having a meet-up next week, Tuesday February 19th. For more info and to register follow this link: Data + Women Amsterdam

 

+ 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

 

 

If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Community team, we would love to hear from you at community@tableau.com

 

Happy prepping, vizzing, and analyzing!

Amanda

Welcome to the Tableau Community Digest!

 

This week we're happy to share the latest blog on the power of Set Actions by the amazing Bethany Lyons. Speaking of set actions, check out Ken Flerlage's guide on zoomable charts. Tableau Zen Master Eva Murray has a great article on Forbes online that talks about how simple visual design can aid in communication.

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Steve Wexler (aka VizBizWiz) has done quite a bit of pro-bono work for lymedisease.org. You can check out the interactive dashboards at https://www.lymedisease.org/mylymedata-viz-blog/

 

Announcements

 

Save a date in your diary for our next #ThinkDataThursday on February 21st (8am PST). We're looking forward to Bridget Cogley bringing us 'The logic of dashboards - designing for the whole picture' Register. now!

Michelle Kosterich, one of our researchers here at Tableau, is interested to hear how you find content about Tableau Online and Tableau Server, and how that experience could be improved. We would love to hear your feedback so please take Michelle's survey.

 

Top Voted Idea

 

Our top voted Idea this week is #1411 Apply number formatting inside a calculated field. To vote and comment on product ideas, please visit the Ideas space. If you spot any Ideas that should be marked as Duplicate, or indeed have any feedback you'd like to give on the Ideas process, please feel free to reach out to me directly at cbrennan@tableau.com.

 

Most Talked About Thread

 

The most popular thread this week, with over 440 views, is a post kindly put together by Bryan Fernandez with detailed steps on upgrading Tableau Server.

 

Community Highlights

 

This week I'd like to congratulate the following members on rising through the ranks and contributing to the Forums - Diego Parker (now at 'Data Connector' level), Christian Binderkrantz ('Data Wrangler') and ShivaRam Chennapragada ('Analytics Ace') 

 

 

That's a wrap for this week. As always, if you need to contact the team please feel free to drop us a line at community@tableau.com.

 

Ciara