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What Data Visualization Means for Data Literacy

September 18, 2022
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Listen to Andy Cotgreave, Senior Data Evangelist, Tableau break down data visualization, storytelling, and the importance of data literacy. 

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Key Quotes

The barrier to entry for data visualization has never been lower. Free tools like Tableau Public give users access not only to learn how to build dashboards, but also to communities that can encourage and challenge them. With this type of tool, it’s important to keep trying, keep building, and keep learning. An artist is not successful from day one. An author is not successful from day one. A coder is not successful from day one. They have tried, they've played, they've succeeded, and they've failed. And every single step they're taking is teaching them a little bit more. It’s the same for data visualization.

What we've learned is that analysts like to use Tableau or people who are analytically inclined like to use Tableau, so they put in the effort to learn the platform. However, not everybody has that inclination to spend the time learning Tableau’s ins and outs. So how do we bring the power of tools like Tableau to people who, for whatever reason, can't invest the time into learning them? Our goal is to bring the power of analytics to people who aren't analysts, and bringing the data to the users, rather than asking them to go to a destination to see data. 

Key Takeaways

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The barrier to entry for data visualization has benever been lower. Free tools give users access not only to learn how to build dashboards, but also to communities that can encourage and challenge them.

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While many data professionals think that spending time in meetings interacting with data in a meaningful way in order to solve business problems is somehow problematic, it’s actually a sign of data maturity.

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The power of data visualization is that it takes complex versions of data sets and and transforms them into information that can be understood quickly and easily.

About Andy Cotgreave and Andy Cotgreave


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Guest
Andy Cotgreave

Andy Cotgreave is co-author of The Big Book of Dashboards, and Technical Evangelist at Tableau. He is the host of If Data Could Talk, co-host of Chart Chat and columnist for Information Age. He is also on the 2021 dataIQ Top 100 most influential people in data.  With over 15 years of experience in the industry, he has inspired thousands of people with technical advice and ideas on how to identify trends in visual analytics and develop their own data-discovery skills. Keep in touch with Andy by subscribing to his Sweet Spot newsletter: curated stories of how data intersects with the world. You can also follow him on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn.


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Guest
Andy Cotgreave

Andy Cotgreave is the Senior Data Evangelist at Tableau Software and co-author of The Big Book of Dashboards. Andy’s passion for data visualization began 10 years ago and he has made it his mission to help people see and understand data and to inspire people to use data as a vehicle for change. Andy has spoken at conference such as SXSW, Visualized, and maintains his own blog, GravyAnecdote.com.


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Adel Nehme

Adel is a Data Science educator, speaker, and Evangelist at DataCamp where he has released various courses and live training on data analysis, machine learning, and data engineering. He is passionate about spreading data skills and data literacy throughout organizations and the intersection of technology and society. He has an MSc in Data Science and Business Analytics. In his free time, you can find him hanging out with his cat Louis.

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