6.10.10

Tableau Public and Open Data





My earlier post, "Another Perspective on Crime in Vancouver", was recently added to the Tableau Public Gallery under Government and Public Data.  In their Community forum, What's Sweet This Week, "Crime in Vancouver" is noted as Most Interesting.  I am pleasantly surprised and pleased that there is interest in Vancouver's crime situation and absolutely delighted to be included in the gallery.  Check out the gallery, there are some amazing examples of Tableau Public being used with open data.  Also check out Tableau's gallery for Vizes in the Wild which showcases some brilliant Tableau analytics in the data analysis community.

Oh, how I wish we had more open data in Canada.  Perhaps one day Statistics Canada will follow the US and make more data accessible.  For those of you unaware, Data.gov is a huge repository of government datasets made available to the public:
A primary goal of Data.gov is to improve access to Federal data and expand creative use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas (e.g., web applications). Data.gov strives to make government more transparent and is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. The openness derived from Data.gov will strengthen our Nation's democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.
The Canadians are all going, Wooowww...  Used to be when we said "Only in America", it wasn't an envious sentiment.  There is hope for Canada yet.  We now have access to municipal data for Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver,and Ottawa who have all begun open data initiatives. If you are interested in learning more about open data in Canada, I recommend starting here:

http://eaves.ca/
http://datalibre.ca/
http://www.datadotgc.ca/
http://visiblegovernment.ca/

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