Tableau Public hits 1 million vizzes, from data journalism to Game of Thrones

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Posted by Ben Jonesil July 24, 2017

Tableau Public has been growing year after year since its launch in February 2010. Our authors have hit some exciting milestones recently, like the day they passed one billion total views this past January, or when the 250,000th author activated their account last year.

Today we’re excited to announce that the community has achieved another mammoth milestone—the uploading of the one millionth workbook since Tableau Public’s launch! That's over 1,000,000 vizzes about a wide variety of topics, from sports to politics to nature.

And anyone in the world can search our repository by keyword to find data on a topic of their interest. Go ahead, give it a try. Just click the search icon in the top-right corner of the Tableau Public website. Maybe you’re interested in climate change? Our authors are all over that. Trump's tweets? You know they've vizzed those, too.

Many of the vizzes are simple charts, but some are quite sophisticated. Some are somber and serious in tone, and others are downright fun and silly. They've been viewed by people in 238 distinct countries and regions this year alone.

To celebrate this achievement, we will be getting together for a Facebook Live session on Friday, July 28 at 11 a.m. PST to unveil the #MillionthViz and chat with the leaders at Tableau who launched this platform. They include Andrew Beers, Ellie Fields, Jewel Loree, and myself. Check out our Facebook page for more information!

Authors speak

We reached out to a handful of Tableau Public authors and asked them to share their thoughts about our platform. They mentioned four different aspects that highlight Tableau Public’s incredible value to the community:

1. A way to make a difference in the world

Chloe Tseng of Twitter, the Tableau Public author who started the Viz for Social Good website, has this to say:

"How can a data analyst change the world and help solve important social issues like the refugee crisis, hunger, and health issues? I wasn't a policy maker, a scientist, or a doctor, and always thought that I, a data analyst, didn't have the power to make a positive impact on the world.

Tableau Public gives me the power to make a difference. I first met Tableau Public, a tool for democratizing data, at the Fanalytics meetup during the 2015 Tableau Conference. Tableau Public provides a perfect means to share data stories via the web, and behind the tool there is a huge community of people who are passionate about data visualization. It's Tableau Public that allowed me to initiate my movement Viz for Social Good, a project to empower mission-driven organizations and increase awareness of social issues through beautiful and informative visualizations.

Through Tableau Public, Viz for Social Good tells meaningful and important data stories about gender equality, child refugees, global warming, and so on to educate and empower people to fight for changes. I finally found a way to make the world a better place."

2. An active and vibrant community

Andy Kriebel of The Information Lab who, along with Eva Murray of EXASOL, runs the popular Makeover Monday project, had this to say when asked to share something special about Tableau Public that he loves:

"I love the community that surrounds Tableau Public. I love that people can share interactive visualisations with one another, seek feedback, iterate, improve, and learn all in one place. I also love how, if I ever need some inspiration, I'm only a search away from a massive selection of fantastic visualisations that I can emulate."

And Andy also agrees with Chloe's point above. "Tableau Public allows us to support charities and causes we care about. We can tell interactive data stories that engage and influence and maybe even change the way people think about the World."

3. A way to grow your career

Tableau Public has proven to be a great platform for career growth for many, and is commonly used by hiring managers to assess talent. Ryan Sleeper, champion of the 2013 Iron Viz contest, underscored this fact when we asked him for his thoughts:

"Simply put, I would not have the career I have today without Tableau Public. Tableau Public is the perfect sandbox to learn Tableau and discover innovative ways to analyze data when you return to the office. Nearly every hiring manager I talk to cites a Tableau Public portfolio as one of, if not, the top criterion when reviewing a data visualization/analyst candidate."

4. A place to inspire and be inspired

Tableau Zen Master Bridget Winds Cogley of Teknion Data Solutions had this to say about her experience with Tableau Public:

"When I was starting out learning Tableau, one of the key places I’d always hit is Tableau Public for inspiration, methods, and variations. What I never realized is that Tableau Public would become essential in my career: as a place where I play, but also create the same tools that another analyst like me will use to learn.

Call me what you will, but I still find it hard to believe that Tableau puts a version of their software out there completely free (Tableau Public) for anyone to use. It’s been a way for me to not just share my work, but to encourage others outside the field to play with data in a way they never thought was possible."

Here's to the next million vizzes

We're proud of the data-driven conversations that Tableau Public authors are generating on a rich variety of topics, and we're excited to see what they will publish next. Improving data literacy all around the world and showing the data angle of the stories of our time are worthwhile pursuits in our estimation, and we're honored to be on this path with so many people of so many different walks of life.

To get a better idea of the wide variety of visualizations our authors publish to Tableau Public, be sure to subscribe to our Viz of the Day gallery. Even better, download Tableau Public yourself and add your own data stories to the mix.