Nicholas Bowskill

Nicholas Bowskill

Nicholas Bowskill

Nicholas had always had a keen interest in numbers and how these could represent different idea and information. Following this interest, mixed with a love of problem solving, he completed an integrated Masters in Mathematics; whilst this started off very interesting he started to become concerned with how niche the studying was becoming and saw bigger problems in the world that needed to be solved. Searching for problem solving careers, Nicholas found data analytics to be very promising and The Information Lab to be the breath of fresh air he needed.

Nicholas has always enjoyed being out in nature, he spent most of his childhood involved in the Scouting movement including being a young leader. Whilst many of the opportunities for making pointy sticks and camping in the woods may have passed for now, his love of nature has never left, he still enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and cycling. This love has left him with the goal of using his career to have a positive impact on the environment and hoping that the use of data can be his path to this goal.

Dashboard Week Day 1 – NYC Snowplough (plow) Data

Before the rush of doing things I start the day by not really knowing what’s going on…. The tiredness of the Monday morning mixed with being hit with a 253 million dataset that we need to import to Exasol before being able to use it has gotten me a little confused....

How to Create New Users as an Admin in Alteryx Server

Admins on Alteryx Server have the ability to create new users and to set what permissions they have. With the increase in data analytics within companies and the growth of Alteryx as a provider of an easy to learn way for companies to conduct their own data analytics,...

An Overview of Webscraping using Alteryx

Webscraping can be a very powerful tool. It allows users to 'scrape' a website for the public data displayed on the site. Rather than having to manually note down figures or words on the site, software tools can be used to pull this data from the page source code and...

Merging Tricky Sheets in Alteryx and Tableau Prep

Tableau Prep is very user friendly and easy to use, but Alteryx has a much wider range of tools it can use in data preparation. Using Alteryx before learning Tableau Prep, something I was surprised at with Prep is the ability to wildcard input files with different...

A Macro Breakdown

My first experience of a macro was many years back when Runescape was all the rage and occasionally whilst playing you would come across lvl 3 players walking straight to a place to mine or chop trees, continuously mine or chop for 30 minutes and then walk to a bank...

Your Year in a Radial Graph

A radial graph is a graph rotating around the axis like a clock face. I took inspiration from Mina's Clock Chart blog (https://www.thedataschool.co.uk/mina-ozgen/make-clock-chart/) to use Alteryx and Tableau to make years worth of data into circles; as I thought this...

Making a group in Tableau

Grouping different items within a dimension can be very useful if you need to colour certain items, sum groups of items together or follow different item groups. We will start with the Sample Superstore dataset (downloadable...

Introducing ourselves at the Data School

We've come to the end of our first week of DS11! We've learnt a lot, about the company and the software, and started to get to know each other, hopefully the start of some good friendships and support for our journey through the Data School. In this post I will...