Tableau, meaning; ‘a group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history’ doesn’t really do Tableau Public justice. It is a down-loadable tool which allows you to create dashboards from your data, and allow them to be uploaded to the web for sharing within your blog or website.
I was looking around for a nice map to show the nationality of all Wimbledon winners, a topical blog for the start of Wimbledon fortnight, and in doing so I found this on The Guardian.
The map itself is adequate, but the technology behind it is much more interesting.
Tableau Public is free to download (with license restrictions) and you can upload your tables of data, grab open source data off the Internet, and have them looking gorgeous within minutes.
You can then share your data on your blog or website and really get the World talking.
I know how I’ll be spending the rest of my afternoon.