Tableau Public announces top 100 visualizations of Q1, from earthquakes to real estate

New Scientist takes the top spot with a visualization of world nuclear reactor sites

SEATTLE, April 29, 2011 -- Tableau Software released its quarterly publication of the top 100 Visualizations for Tableau Public for Q1 2011. Ranked by viewing sessions and online interactions, the top spot went to Peter Aldhous at New Scientist for a visualization of the world's nuclear reactors . Al Melchior at CBS Sports took the second spot for a story about the baseball draft and Timothy Ellis at Seattle Bubble took the #3 spot for a visualization of the Case-Schiller Home Price Index.

The most interactive visualization was published by Paul Monies at, the online news site of the Oklahoman, on school superintendent salaries. Eighty-nine percent of viewers interacted with the data by filtering to a county, sorting, or hovering over data for details. This quarter, several authors tackled issues related to the tragedy in Japan.

Eron Villarreal created a viz that tracked Japan's radiation levels. Rick Martin of the Japan Times also examined radiation levels. Alex Kerin of Data Driven Consulting visualized the number of earthquakes Japan had during the week of the tragedy.

Peter Aldhous, the author of the #1 view of the quarter, also created a viz on Japan's seismic history.

The Census was also a popular topic this quarter, with Top-100 visualizations from Cheryl Phillips at The Seattle Times, MJS at, and Robert Eckhart of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Tableau Public is a free tool and service that lets people publish data to the web in formats that are visual and fun. Instead of posting static charts or tables, people can create interactive visualizations and share data. Conversations start based on data that is useful, beautiful and shareable. No special plug-in is required; all that's needed to use the interactive graphs is a web browser.

Recently, Tableau introduced Tableau Digital, a commercial platform for online storytelling with data. With Tableau Digital, organizations can create and publish interactive visualizations quickly and without the help of specialists. And they can keep their underlying data out of the public domain by removing the ability for users to view the data directly. Tableau Digital is for media companies, governments and organizations that want to enhance their websites with live, interactive data visualizations.

"Data is an important tool in making sense of the big issues around us," said Ellie Fields, Director of Product Marketing. "Within one day of the earthquake in Japan, several people had used Tableau Public to visualize radiation, nuclear reactors around the world and the earthquake activity itself. This data was an important part of conversations about energy choices and safety in Japan. We're glad to provide a vehicle that helps people use data in important public discussions."

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