Working with messy Data, Supercharging Tableau with R and GGPLOT & Telling Data Stories that matter

Analytics Tableau User Group

Dec 14, 2023, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

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About this event

Working with Messy Data: Real-world Data Cleaning Challenges and Solutions - Sekou Tyler

In the world of data analysis and visualization, the importance of clean, well-structured data cannot be overstated. To unlock the full potential of Tableau and create insightful, accurate visualizations, data cleaning, and preparation are essential skills. This meeting is designed to empower Tableau enthusiasts with the knowledge and techniques necessary to transform messy data into a valuable asset for analysis and reporting.

Supercharging your Tableau Experience using R and GGPLOT - Darragh Murray

Tableau and R's ggplot2 are powerful visualisation engines that make exploring data fun. But have you ever wished you could live the best of both worlds and use custom Ggplot2 graphics inside your Tableau dashboards? Well, dream on no longer! In this fun discussion, Darragh provides a live demonstration of how to embed custom ggplot2 graphics, such as ridgeline charts and violin plots, within your Tableau dashboards, plus other helpful R tidbits that will expand your visualisation horizons beyond the Tableau canvas!

Telling Data Stories that Matter: The Place of Purposeful Empathy in Visual Analytics - Joshua N. Milligan

In our quest to understand data we’ll often come across insights that enlighten, information that entertains, and decision points that call us to action. As we seek to discover and tell these stories we may be driven by curiosity or creativity. But one motivation should never be overlooked: empathy. If we are to tell data stories that truly matter, then we must understand the data and the real people and situations represented and impacted by the data.

In this session, we’ll explore how to leverage purposeful empathy in every stage of the visual analytics cycle - from data exploration, to analysis, to visual data storytelling. We’ll consider how to understand the needs and desires of decision makers and stakeholders, how to dig beneath surface level answers, and how to visually communicate the truth behind the data in respectful and impactful ways. Specifically, you will:

  • see how to combine good data visualization techniques with an empathetic understanding of your audience
  • consider how to move from abstract concepts to data visualizations that represent reality
  • learn ways to probe beyond the initial requirements to better understand true needs and desires
  • explore ways to communicate positive and negative stories in ways that bring about positive outcomes


  • Sekou Tyler

    Royal Blue Analytics


  • Darragh Murray

    Powerlink Queensland

    Senior Analytics & Insights Specialist

  • Joshua Milligan


    Principal Consultant


  • Annabelle Rincon

    Enjoying Life

    User Group Leader

  • Chimdi Nwosu

    VizSight Analytics

    User Group Leader

  • Prasann Prem


    User Group Leader

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