Collin Smith

Collin Smith

Collin Smith

Collin joins The Data School from a background in environmental NGO’s and advocacy. Having worked in the United States, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar, Collin brings experience in training people in data visualization across language and cultural barriers.

Collin is consistently struck by the amount of good that can be done with simple principles of data management, data analysis, and data visualization.

In his free time, Collin plays piano, ukulele, and harmonica and advocates for policies to mitigate climate change.

8 pieces of advice from my Data School training

8 pieces of advice from my Data School training

On Friday (two days ago), I graduated from The Data School’s intense four month training program. It’s been a challenging, wonderful, and hair-pulling experience from the first day until the last few hours. I wanted to leave a few reflections for those who come after me while it’s all still fresh in my mind.

Unlimited POWER (BI): Dashboard Week Day 5

Unlimited POWER (BI): Dashboard Week Day 5

On the fifth day of dashboard week, my viz coach gave to me, a Power BI break from sanity. While for the most part The Information Lab sticks to Tableau and Alteryx as its ETL and Visualization softwares of choice, there comes a time when every Data Schooler must...

Going Back to Cali: Dashboard Week Day 4

Going Back to Cali: Dashboard Week Day 4

Curveball! Today, Andy asked us to download and use Tableau 8.3 for our dashboard-building. This version of Tableau, released in 2015, has much of the functionality we have come to know and love in The Data School, but there were a couple potholes to discover as well....

Losing My Census: Dashboard Week Day 3

Losing My Census: Dashboard Week Day 3

The U.S. Census has a lot of data to analyze, but they’re not going to make it easy for you. Check out how Dashboard Day 3 was a day of diminishing expectations punctuated by a beam of success at the end.

What is that? Colours in the calculated field window

What is that? Colours in the calculated field window

This is part of a mini-series on the easy-to-miss visual cues scattered throughout Tableau. To find out what you've been missing, click here. Tableau, a software dedicated to making data visually intuitive, includes a ton of visual cues to make its interface intuitive...