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New Tools for a New Year

Guest blog post by Rebecca Kaye, Data Visualisation Specialist at Numbertelling

In 2020, it is predicted that the world will produce 50 times the amount of data it did in 2011 (IDC, 2011). Within this data lies huge opportunities for discovery and improvement. Data from devices such as strava are helping to shape cities designed for people rather than cars, the explosion in medical data combined with innovative technology is transforming global health. The list could go on.

Whilst more data than ever before is available at the click of a button, the issue of how to gain insight and visualise these findings is becoming the biggest issue we now face.

There are many tools available that can help navigate through the swathes of data. Many of these are free for all and may offer a choice of functionality such as mapping, forecasting or presentation.

However, there is one software tool that has become the industry standard for turning data into insight and offers a host of solutions within one package. This tool is Tableau Software.

Tableau software is used in companies across the world and for the fourth year running it has been voted the leader in business intelligence and analytics platforms. Its simple interface and ease of use means that patterns and trends within big datasets can by discovered in very little time.

Within this single package, you can create heat maps from postcodes, cities or even countries. You can integrate R code within your visualisations to enhance the statistical capabilities. You can even embed web pages and create dynamic, data driven text.

Once you’re finished, you can then upload, publish and share your data visualisations with the world.

The best bit is, as a a student or an educator, this full enterprise level developer tool and all its capabilities is available to you for free.

To access this tool, all you need to do is fill in a simple form. The following link will give you further information and direct you to the relevant portal:

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