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CUIN 7303 - Professional Seminar I

Presenting data with Tableau

There are different versions of Tableau. 

  • Tableau Public, the free program, has limitations on the size of data, types of data, and publishing rights. With Tableau public, you can only save work to the web, which means you can not share visualizations you created with private data, such as data retrieved from library databases.
  • Tableau Desktop is not free, but faculty and students can get it for instruction or learning. It allows you to save files privately and has no data size limits.

You can download Tableau Public or obtain a one year Tableau student licence. Faculty can obtain a Tableau licence for teaching. The recommended version for students is the Tableau student licence.

Register an account with Tableau, and watch the 3 videos for getting started.

You also need to prepare your data into a format that Tableau could process. Read tips for working with your data. To learn more on how to structure your data, read get your data Tableau ready and tips for managing your data.


Watch the Tableau videos shared by your professor.

To learn more about how to build visualizations, watch section 4: Building Vizzes.

Before you publish your visualizations, you can create either a dashboard or a storyboard. The dashboard is to have visualizations on one canvas, while storyboard looks like a photo book that you can flip. 

To learn more, watch the videos on dashboards and stories.

Once everything is ready, you can publish to Tableau online. Watch the video on publishing and embedding vizzes.

Remember, you can only publish visualizations you created using public dataset. Do not publish something you created using data that is not publicly available. School district data from ISD websites, or census data are fine, but do NOT publish visualizations created using data from ReferenceUSA. You can also disable data download so that people can only download your visualizations, but not your raw data.