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Information technology tools and resources at the UW

Tableau Visualization Software

Tableau Software is the data visualization solution chosen for use with UW Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) data, following a multi-month pilot in partnership with 20 academic and administrative units. Tableau is used to visualize large data sets and helps simplify their meaning, promote understanding of those data sets, and communicate important concepts and ideas. Valuable information is stored in the University of Washington’s growing data repositories. Data visualization software is used to convey that information through visual dashboards to promote data-informed decision-making.

Tableau products are available at no cost, or a reduced rate for students, faculty, and staff. Find out more under the Get Tableau tab below and at the Tableau FAQ.

Questions: tableau@uw.edu

Tableau is more dynamic. You simply try a chart and if you want to change the data or chart type, you just click one button and you see the results in real time.

UW-IT staff

On dashboards, the ability to quickly iterate through different filters and explore is fantastic.

Finance & Facilities staff

Tableau has many amazing capabilities and would give UW users a great platform to share data.

Graduate School staff

I think Tableau will have a great potential for providing visualizations to my managers and funders of my program.

Health Sciences staff

These dashboards are now reviewed by all managers in external affairs and used at high-level meetings with the university president and other executives.

UWTV staff

We use Tableau visualizations to make weekly business decisions and communicate recommendations and changes to faculty effort.

Medical School staff

The data visualization helped us realize where we were under-investing in training and made corrections.

UW-IT staff

Tableau could provide profound benefits to the Graduate School and the UW by providing the catalyst to “free” the data.

Graduate School staff
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Access & Manage UW Tableau Data Visualizations

Access to UW Profiles and selected other visualizations is granted automatically with access to the EDW. To obtain access to other Tableau projects or manage your own Tableau project, email help@uw.edu with the following subject line: “Tableau project request – assign to EDW-BI”.

Tableau Licensing Information

License agreements with Tableau make available Tableau products at reduced or no cost to full-time students, faculty, and staff. The table below describes the Tableau tool options and the various cost structures. Get more answers by viewing the Tableau FAQ.

Who Activity Tableau Product License Cost Obtain Software
Student (Full-time) Build visualizations Tableau Desktop Free Download from Tableau for Students
Publish visualizations for sharing Tableau Public Server* Free Publish to Tableau’s Public Server from within Tableau Desktop
Student (Non full-time) Build visualizations Tableau Public Desktop Free Download Tableau Desktop Public
Publish visualizations for sharing Tableau Public Server* Free Publish to Tableau’s Public Server from within Tableau Public Desktop
Faculty (teaching with Tableau)
(see requirements)
Build visualizations Tableau Desktop Free Download from Tableau for Teaching
Publish visualizations for sharing Tableau’s Public Server*

UW’s Tableau Public Server

Free Publish to Tableau’s Public Server from within Tableau Desktop

Publish to UW’s Tableau Public Server

Researcher (non-commercial research)
(see requirements and select ‘Get Instructor License’)
Build visualizations Tableau Desktop Free Download from Tableau for Teaching
Publish visualizations for sharing UW Tableau Server

UW Tableau Public Server

Free Publish to UW Tableau Server or UW’s Tableau Public Server
Faculty (not teaching with Tableau)

Researcher (commercial research)

Staff

Interact with visualizations UW Tableau Server

UW Tableau Public Server

Free Browse the catalog of all UW Tableau Server visualizations
(NoteUsers must have access to the EDW and to the UW Tableau Server.)

Visualizations published on the UW Tableau Public Server are shared by embedding them within a webpage. No special permissions are required to access the visualization.

Build visualizations Tableau Desktop License Cost: $1,200
Monthly Maintenance Fee: $35

Includes Tableau support, software upgrades, online publishing to UW’s Tableau Server and UW’s Tableau Public Server (coming soon)

Request a license
Publish visualizations for sharing UW Tableau Server

UW Tableau Public Server

No additional cost Included with purchase of Tableau Desktop and annual renewal fee

Publish to Tableau’s Public Server from within Tableau Desktop

Publish to UW’s Tableau Public Server

Anyone wanting a no-cost way to use Tableau. UW data restrictions apply.* Build visualizations Tableau Public Desktop Free Download Tableau Desktop Public
Publish visualizations for sharing Tableau Public Server* Free Publish to Tableau’s Public Server from within Tableau Public Desktop

*Tableau workbooks saved on the Tableau Public Server are open to the world. UW institutional data may not be published to Tableau Public Server. Learn more.

Learning Resources

Learning Resources

No matter how you learn, everything you need to master Tableau is available here. You can access as many Live Webinars, On-Demand videos and visual examples as you want for free. UW offers free classroom options as well.

Visual Gallery –
Beauty and Brains
On-Demand Training UW Tableau Community
Tableau’s Visual Gallery shows some of the most beautiful, powerful and interesting Tableau visualizations ever created.

Get inspired

Quick Start  – Averaging 30 minutes a day, Tableau’s Desktop Starter Kit is a 4-week guide to success with Tableau Public.
Full Online Catalog – Learn online from Tableau with on-demand videos.

View all of Tableau’s training options

Learn from, connect with, and enjoy your fellow UW Tableau users at our online Tableau User Group site.

Interact With Tableau

Test Drive Visualizations

Test drive Tableau using the interactive visualizations below. Visit Tableau’s Viz Gallery to interact with more examples.

U.S. High School Graduate Populations: 1991-2021

Select a region or ethnicity, move the Year slider, or click on the colors in the chart and watch the visualization update on the fly.

Major League Baseball
Ken Griffey Jr. vs. Other Power Hitters

Ken Griffey Jr’s illustrious 21-year career began and concluded with the Seattle Mariners. Use this visualization to compare his batting stats to other current and retired power hitters. Use the checkboxes to select players and use the Category dropdown to pick a statistic. Sort results down a column by hovering to the right of the player name, then click on the sort icon (tiny bar chart with arrow). Sort results across a row by hovering over the season number, then click on that same sort icon. Click it three times to sort in ascending, descending and then back to the original sort order.

Tour Tableau

These four short videos describe what you can do with Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server, and how DePaul University and University of California, Irvine are putting Tableau to use in their institutions.

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop lets you drag & drop to analyze data. You can connect to data in a few clicks, then visualize and create interactive dashboards with a few more.

Tableau Server

Tableau Server provides browser-based analytics anyone can use. Once you’ve created a visualization using Tableau Desktop, publish it to Tableau Server to share with colleagues so they can interact with what you’ve created.

DePaul University

DePaul’s associate vice provost shares how Tableau is helping the university advance the “democratization of data.”

UC Irvine

University of California, Irvine’s informatics solutions architect shares how the medical center uses Tableau to understand best practices and orchestrate the best quality healthcare for patients.