Make the most of your IRE membership benefits

Are you making the most of your IRE membership benefits? Here’s a recap of our current partnerships, how you can benefit and instructions on getting access to premium tools.   Cometdocs Free premium account for IRE members You have probably encountered the problem of the PDF; the data and information are there, but locked in…

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IRE members to receive new, free Tableau tool

Here at Tableau we’re passionate about data as part of the public conversation. For this reason, Tableau Desktop has been available to IRE members for free. And we’re excited to announce that in addition to Tableau Desktop, IRE members will now have access to our brand-new product – Tableau Prep – designed to help everyone…

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Tableau announces Mac version to be released ‘early next year’

At its customer conference this week in Washington, D.C., Tableau Software announced that a Mac-compatible version of its software would become available along with the newest version, Tableau 8.2, to be released most likely “early next year,” according to the Tableau Public blog. Tableau’s public and desktop versions of its data analysis and visualization software…

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Tableau Public expands to 1 million rows

Tableau Software is announcing that Tableau Public now has expanded capabilities, including handling spreadsheets that that contain up to 1million rows of data. Tableau Public’s storage space has also increased from 50 megabytes to 1 gigabyte. Tableau stated the changes were made after noticing many public datasets number more than the previous limit of 100,00…

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Discovering data at the IRE Conference

Jewel Loree, of Tableau Software, uses her hands to illustrate how the software reformats data into columns during the Tabluea Public for beginners session. Photo by Travis Hartman. By Kathryn Sharkey It’s a word mentioned over and over at the IRE Conference, whether you’re at a specific panel on the subject or not: data. This…

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Tableau makes its desktop software free to IRE members

** 2018 update: Please read this blog post on additional free Tableau benefits for current IRE members ** Today IRE is announcing a partnership with Tableau Software, maker of Tableau Public, to provide Tableau Desktop free to IRE Members. This should provide tremendous value for IRE members, who can use Tableau Desktop to develop stories…

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Getting started with Tableau Public

Photos by Travis Hartman I walked into the Tableau Public session with absolutely no experience — and within about 10 minutes the instructor had us open up some data, sort through a few of the elements, and create a visualization.  Its immediate ease of use is clear. To produce quick, coherent interactive charts seemed pretty…

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Behind The Story: Analyzing and mapping salary data for small-town mayors

In August, reporter Kate Martin of the Skagit Valley Herald analyzed salary data for mayors across Washington state and ended up with a story about mayors from small towns in her coverage area — Mount Vernon and Anacortes — who had salaries on par with mayors from cities several times larger. In reporting the story,…

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