A PUBLICATION OF ACADEMIC COMPUTING ADVISORY COMMITTEE,
BANANA TIME IS PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY, FALL & SPRING.
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NAME: Tableau Public
DESCRIPTION: software for creating interactive data visualizations.
PURPOSE: Work or Play (when telling a story with data visualizations)
OS: PC only
BANANA RATING: 5 Bananas out of 5 Bananas
RATED BY: Linda Volonino, Marketing & Information Systems
Creating interactive data visualizations and maps is fun and easy with Tableau Public, provided your data is in columns. With Tableau Public, you connect to data and create interactive data visualizations without any programming from Excel and other structured data sets, which you can email or publish to your blog, social site, or website with embeddable script. Tableau Public looks at the data and figures out which items are facts and which are dimensions. It presents this information to you in a nice report-writer interface. The visualization can, then, be embedded in your web page, emailed, or published to a blog that supports flash, such as Google’s blogger. Tableau Public does not work with WordPress blogs.
Tableau can be used as business intelligence (BI) tool to analyze data quickly. It provides an intuitive user experience making it easy to design and publish reports or dashboards. You’ll notice that the format is similar to Excel pivot tables.
Tableau Public requires a free registration to share visualizations. To get started, you can use the sample data sets and watch the online tutorials. You can begin by acquiring the free download from http://www.tableausoftware.com/products/desktop/try The system requirements are as follows: Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, or Servers.
Students enjoy using it, too!
BANANA TIME is the namesake of an article by the late Donald F. Roy. Roy said (p. 166) that his “…observations seem to support the generally accepted notion that one key source of job satisfaction lies in the informal interaction shared by members of a work group.” Roy, D. F. (1959). “Banana Time” Job satisfaction and informal interaction, Human Organization, 18, 158-168. A free downloadable pdf of the article appears at