Tableau

Tableau is a data visualization tool that facilitates using data to extract useful information for making decisions.

Tableau is used at Ohio State in two formats: Server and Desktop.

  • Tableau Server is used to view published reports - worksheets and dashboards in Tableau - and create simple ad hoc reports. Most university report users will use Tableau Server.
  • Tableau Desktop is used by report developers and data analysts to create reports that can be published to a broader audience via Tableau Server or to address the unique data needs of their college or unit.

Already a Tableau user? Join the Ohio State University Tableau User Group

Need help? Check out the Tableau FAQs below, availble Tableau support and training resources or contact your Tableau Project Leader

 

Tableau Server

Site licensed, no individual cost solution for accessing published reports and creating simple, ad hoc reports.

Tableau Server is accessible to the entire university community via browswer or mobile solution. You'll be able to view any report - workbook or dashboard in Tableau - to which a Tableau Project Leader has granted you access.

Included could be published enterprise reports that are associated with your role at the university or college- or unit-specific reports that were published for a small group of colleagues. Tableau dashboards with university data that is publicly available are planned to be delivered soon as well.

For information about Tableau Server access, visit the Data and Tool Access page.

 

Web Authoring

Develop your own data visualizations to see patterns, identify trends and quickly discover insights into data.

Tableau Web Authoring is used by data analysts and report developers to generate workbooks and dashboards right from the browser.

In the web environment, you can connect to data and create workbooks from those data sources, or data published through Tableau Desktop. You can edit views created on the web or published from Tableau Desktop.

Administrators can set at the site level what web authoring abilities users can have. Explorers can edit workbooks, create new workbooks from published data sources, connect to published data sources, and create and edit views, dashboards, and stories. Creators have those same capabilities, but can also create new workbooks, connect to data on the web, and use Ask Data and Dashboard Starters to quickly dive into analysis.

Access the Training page to review beginner web authoring information in a presentation format.

 

Tableau Desktop

Develop your own data visualizations to see patterns, identify trends and quickly discover insights into data.

Tableau Desktop is used by data analysts and report developers to generate workbooks and dashboards that can be published for distribution in Tableau Server or to create ad hoc reports and analyses from local datasets and systems or the Reporting and Analytics Environment (RAE). 

See examples of what you can do with Tableau Desktop in the Tableau Visualization Gallery.

Tableau Desktop software must be installed direcly on your PC or laptop. This requires a valid license product key which is provided with purchase.

For information about Tableau Desktop access, visit the Data and Tool Access page.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to frequently asked questions about Tablueau, visit the FAQs page.