In the January 2010 issue of the Visual Business Intelligence Newsletter I redesigned a display of health care costs that appears on GE’s website. I did this using Tableau and provided a link in the article to a live version of the interactive display on the Web. You might have wondered what I did to make that live analytical application publicly available. The answer is that I used something brand new from Tableau called Tableau Public. It was developed as a means for people to share live analytical displays that are of interest to the public via the Web.
A few months ago, when I was approached by UNESCO to help them find a means to share worldwide education data via the Web, I put them in touch with Tableau, and you can now view that information on UNESCO’s website, thanks to Tableau Public. The service is free and includes almost all of Tableau’s usual functionality. You upload your data, build the analytical display or entire application using Tableau Public, and then take the little snippet of HTML code that is generated to embed it right into your website, even though the data and functionality is hosted in the cloud.
I believe in the democratization of important data. I believe in providing people with simple tools for exploring and analyzing data. Tableau Public makes this possible in a way that is more analytically powerful than any free service that’s been offered to date. I appreciate Tableau’s willingness to provide this service, because it not only helps people explore important public data, it does so in a way that demonstrates to those who are stuck with obsolete tools how much more they could do if they had a good visual analysis tool at their fingertips.
For a quick look at Tableau Public, watch the beautiful demonstration video that Tableau has produced, appropriately titled Data In, Brilliance Out.