Tableau And Its Place In GIS

Authors: Jacob Hartle*, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Geography Education
Keywords: Tableau, GIS, Business Intelligence
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Tableau is a Business Intelligence software that focuses on data visualization, dashboards, and data discovery. While Tableau focuses mostly on these three topics, it also has a couple of GIS capabilities. Tableau allows users access to several GIS capabilities, including the ability to import spatial data, mapping the data into a dashboard, the ability to customize your maps by utilizing created or stock basemaps from both Mapbox and Esri’s ArcGIS Online, and the capability to geocode addresses. Some questions this project will answer include: How easily can you utilize GIS formatted data in Tableau? Specifically using Shapefiles, GeoJSON, and KML. How complex can you make the maps in Tableau? This is a good starting point for simple data visualization. What is required to use other basemaps for maps? There are different plugins for both Mapbox and ArcGIS Online and can give variety to the maps you create in Tableau. How easy is it to geocode addresses? Tableau uses a special format for geocoding addresses and once you get used to the format, it provides another viable option to geocode. Tableau while a Business intelligence software at heart, is another good tool to visualize your data.

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