After doing BA in Economics Anna took a break from the world of data for 4 years, working odd jobs in several different continents and blogging about her experiences. She then returned to the UK to do a Masters in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University. During the course she discovered data visualisations was a great way to merge her storytelling and data skills. After attending the Tableau Zen Master Tour, the Data School was the logical next step.

Week 2 Roundup: Tableau tips, James Eiloart and viz makeovers

  In Week 2, Andy Kriebel gave DS8 a large dose of Tableau training.  For their Friday presentations, the group used the data they had prepared for the previous week's Alteryx project to help them re-viz and add context to their application Tableau dashboard. Check...

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Week 1 roundup: Alteryx and an intro to Tableau Server

A new group of eight people entering the Data School means eight new bloggers to welcome to the internet. To make it easy for you to follow their journey, we'll be posting a weekly roundup of the teams' blog posts as they go through The Information Lab's...

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If I could go back to the start…

Time for one last reflective blog, looking at what I would do differently if time travel was possible and I could restart the Data School.  I think I'd look to adopt the things I've already talked about from the beginning, asking questions and figuring out what works...

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Asking questions to succeed at the Data School

After almost 3 months, I've come to the conclusion that asking lots of questions is one of the best ways to  survive  succeed in the Data School. Just ask It's an incredibly simple thing to do. But I know sometimes asking for help can feel difficult thanks to this...

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Data School challenges logic, learning and self confidence

Coming from a journalism background, adapting to the world of data analysis has come with lots of challenges. The written word is my favourite way to communicate, to tell stories.  But in the Data School storytelling happens visually and verbally. And there's a whole...

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Tableau Server: The user interface, who can see what?

Tableau server's user interface allows the administrator to decide who has access to which data. And whether a person has the ability to publish visualisations in workbooks or publish data sources.  Here's a quick guide on some of the options that might come in handy...

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Grabbing a beer with Import.io data extractor

I recently used Import.io to scrape some data on US craft beer brewers.  It's a great tool for scraping data without having to know a single bit of code, so I thought I'd share it with you guys.  Although this particular example does contain some data that Import.io...

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#DJUK16: Blue plaque data viz asks where are the women?

At the  Data Journalism UK conference, Chris Love and I, showed journalists how Tableau can make data visualisation easy. Here's a quick recap of the data we used and the demo viz Chris created.  Then I'll share what did with the data. The Data We took some open data...

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Why and when to use table calculations in Tableau

In Tableau you can manipulate, edit, add context, and create new fields in your data using calculated fields. All without having to go back and edit your original database. Which is pretty awesome, right?  But what if you want to do calculations based the fields you...

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Anna and Alteryx. A rocky relationship.

I love Alteryx At the beginning of Alteryx week at The Data School Chris Love (I think he might be Cupid of the tech world) came along and introduced this tool that did data prep in a matter of seconds with a few clicks and configurations. It was a lot more user...

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3 Tips to make spatial data in Alteryx easy(er)

New kinds of data brings a whole new set of tools and tips into the Alteryx work space.  And new trainers for those of us at the Data School. (Thanks goes to Phil and Andre this time!) After giving you some tips to make extracting and cleaning data easier in a...

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Spacing out with Poly-Build in Alteryx

 is a spatial data tool which allows you to join a set of points on a map and create a polygon. Why is it useful? If you have a set of longitude and latitude coordinates you can mark out an area of say  x miles around a certain point. How does it work? Here's an...

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Alteryx: It all starts with Input Data

Every workflow needs a data source.  Enter the Input Data tool - arguably the most important tool in Alteryx! Access to different data sources The Input Data tool allows you to load in a range of data files, including Excel, CSV, XML & JSON. You can also connect to...

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5 tips to make creating a workflow in Alteryx easy(er)

Getting to grips with Alteryx this week at the Data School is making my head hurt.  But here's some tips I picked up form Chris Love to make life easy when you're using Alteryx for the first time. 1. Drop, configure & play Each time you add a new tool to a workflow in...

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