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Mapping Month Round-up

#MappingMonth has been a huge success! With a wide range of content from tutorials to applications of mapping data in Tableau, we have seen a lot of great work done by the Tableau Public community.

Check out the guest blog posts from this month:

  1. Flight Data in the UK: Craig Bloodworth of The Information Lab maps the UK airspace. Be sure to figure out which skies in the UK are the busiest! Click the image below to interact with the viz.

    Click the screenshot to explore the viz

  2. Capturing Animation: allanwalkerit.tumblr.com shows how to capture animation in a Tableau map to show on the web. Find out more details here!



Other mappers in the Tableau Public community:

  1. Ramon Martinez, a 2013 Tableau Zen Mastoer, of Health Intelligence frequently maps health data to see the spread of disease, earthquakes, and many other topics! Check out a few of his recent vizzes that have won Viz of the Day: Chikungunya Virus Outbreak, Tracking West Africa's Ebola Outbreak, Tracking Ebola in Africa.
  2. Anya A'Hearn, the 2012 Iron Viz Champion, of Datablick has made some amazing vizzes with maps. Check out her recent work on vizzes about the city of San Francisco, both of which have won Viz of the Day: Bay Area Bike Share and Stairs of the City.
  3. For #TableauTipsMonth, Anya A'Hearn, Craig Bloodworth, and Allan teamed up up to create Custom Mapping Mayhem.

See what the Tableau Public team has posted:

  1. Design tips: 4 Quick Design Tips for Maps from Jewel Loree about how to make your maps look more readable and visually stunning.
  2. Alternate map projections: Ben Jones brings us some fun with alternate map projections. Follow along with this tutorial on how to create more map projections than the default Web Mercator.

  3. Custom Polygon Maps - Mapping and Filtering: Andrew Cheung gives us a tutorial on mapping with custom polygons and filtering. Have you ever wondered how to filter across blended datasets? This post will show you how!
  4. From GPS to Viz: another post from Ben that shows how to go from GPS to a viz in 7 steps! Check out some of the awesome trails that Ben has hiked in the greater Seattle area.
  5. Maps of Seattle: I gathered up some of the vizzes that Tableau employees have made about Seattle. From vizzes about coffee shops to biking, see where we recommend going when in Seattle!

Thank you to everyone who followed along for #MappingMonth! We had a lot of fun seeing all of the amazing work being done with Tableau maps and with mapping in general. In fact, in honor of mapping month, we took a little field trip to Pike Place Market to visit Metzger Maps. We explored Metzger and came away with two awesome maps that are now up in our office.

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Mapping Month Round-up

#MappingMonth has been a huge success! With a wide range of content from tutorials to applications of mapping data in Tableau, we have seen a lot of great work done by the Tableau Public community.
Check out the guest blog posts from this month:

  1. Flight Data in the UK: Craig Bloodworth of The Information Lab maps ...
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4 Quick Design Tips for Maps

Tableau maps are quick and easy to make. Just a few double clicks and your data is displayed geographically. But with a few quick tweaks, you can make your maps even better at displaying your data. Here are 4 easy things to do to make you maps look more readable.
1. Change the background color
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Mapping UK Airspace

Editor's note: This Mapping Month guest blog post was written by Craig Bloodworth of The Information Lab. See it published on The Information Lab's blog here.
As somebody who’s always fascinated by the possibilities & potential of combining mapping and data visualisation knowing somebody who has some fun ...

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Fun with Alternate Map Projections

When you create a map in Tableau, by default you're creating a map in the Web Mercator projection. At present, Web Mercator is "the de facto standard for web mapping applications", and is used by popular content providers like Google Maps, Microsoft Bing Maps, and ...

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Announcing Fanalytics, Part 3!

Data sleuths unite!
The Fanalytics Workshop is back by popular demand.
What is Fanalytics?
It's a gathering of Tableau Public authors (and those who want to find out more about what that means) for an afternoon of presentations and group viz building, followed by a meet-up to talk data over drinks. If you get ...

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Mapping and filtering data with custom polygon maps

Tableau has many great built-in geographic areas available for mapping data. And if the geographic areas you’re interested in using aren’t available, Tableau can draw maps of any area type using custom shapes.
Thanks to the great members of the Tableau community, ...

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Tapestry 2015 Announcement

We are happy to announce the third installment of the Tapestry conference on storytelling with data: Tapestry 2015. It will take place on March 4 in Athens, GA. Following the tradition of the last two years, this is the day before NICAR, and we’re close by as well (NICAR will be in Atlanta, GA). We will also again provide ...

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Capturing Animation in Tableau Maps

Editor's note: This #MappingMonth guest blog post was written by Allan Walker of allanwalkerit.tumblr.com. Allan is a 2013 Tableau Zen Master and is a mapping expert in Tableau! Take a look at these animations of Tableau maps using data from Strava, Opendata, and ...

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Viz as Art Contest

Tableau is all about helping people see and understand their data. And sometimes seeing and understanding data means creating not only insightful visualizations, but really stunning ones, too.
The Viz as Art contest is all about showcasing those fun, unexpected, and beautiful ways you work your magic with Tableau—neither ...

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From GPS to Viz: Hiking Washington's Trails

Since moving to the Seattle area in early 2013, we've been doing our best as a family to tromp our way through the lush, scenic trails around us, guided by a helpful little orange book entitled "Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades". At first, my ...

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