Tableau Public

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What is the name of the tool?
Tableau Public
Tool Class
To what "family" does the tool belong? Pick as many categories as are appropriate. EG: Data Collection, Security, etc. The wiki will automatically create a link to the relevant tool class.
Data Visualization, Data
Who made the tool? Sometimes the tool name and the developer name are the same, and sometimes, they are different.
Tableau Software
Date Created
What was the date when the tool was first launched?
Still Maintained?
Do the developers of the tool continue to work on it, adding features and fixing problems?
Open Source?
Is the tool's source code original source code freely available and may it be redistributed and modified? (This makes it possible for users to employ the tool for free, with some technical effort.)
Pick the platforms on which the user would primarily use the tool. Be as selective as possible. If a tool works mainly in the browser, select "Web". If the user can technically load the interface on a smartphone but have a very poor experience, do not select "Android" or "iOS". "Mac" and "PC" are for apps that must be installed to a machine in order to run, as opposed to running from a browser.
PC, Mac
What is the main website where a user can learn more about the tool? (Remember to include "http://)."
Payment Structure
How, if at all, does a user pay to use the tool. Select all that apply: "Free" if there are components of a service that can be used for free; "Paid" if payment is required (either one-time, or at a given rate upon use) for use of the tool's full functionality; "subscription" if a monthly payment is required.
Languages Supported
What languages does the app's interface support? Note: some apps allow users to communicate in other languages but require the user to use an English language interface. In this case, the app is considered only to support "English".
English, French, German, Spanish, Brazillian Portugues, Japense, Korean, Simplified Chinese
Skill Level Needed
  • Beginner - The tool has a simple interface that assists the user, either through automatic processes or simple guides, in working with the tool. The user is able to do most things that they need to do without knowledge of advanced concepts, like code.
  • Intermediate - The tool allows the user to perform many tasks without knowledge of advanced concepts, but about an equal amount of functionality requires advanced knowledge. Some training may be required to use the tool.
  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.

Tool Description

Tableau Public is a free version of the Tableau data visualization tool. Users can create visualizations of data hosted on Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel, OData, Web Data Connectors and more. In this free version of the tool, users must save their visualizations to a Tableau Public profile and cannot save to their computer network.

In addition to sharing Tableau Public visualizations through Social Media, users can Raise Awareness for their works by embedding their content on any website that supports HTML embedding. Compatible Blogging tools include Blogger, Typepad, and WordPress. Tableau "vizzes" can also be shared via email.

Tableau public has a Visualization Gallery to showcase the abilities of the platform. Users belonging to a registered nonprofit can apply for the full Tableau Desktop suite through TechSoup

Tableau provides many services, both free and paid. To decide whether the Tableau Tools are right for your organization, follow this flow chart.

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Tableau is a powerful data visualization that is able to generate far more complex visualizations than a simple visualization tool like Google Forms. However, as the free version of Tableau, the tool defaults to making visualizations public. For this reason it is not a good idea to use Tableau Public to create visualizations that you don't want other people to see. The tool runs on the desktop, not a web browser.


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