Very short blog this week - but with some snazzy dataviz action...
Time flies when you're a month into a new job. Still enjoying it, perhaps so much that I forget to do stuff like write blog posts. However, I have been doing some data visualisation stuff as one of the many tasks in my role, and below is a quick demo of some concepts using the Tableau Public environment that I whipped up last night. I've taken the list of grants awarded by the Australia Council from 2008-2014 and created a plot below that shows the median grant size, along with a map breaking down annual grant allocations by state. It's really basic stuff, but it was just to prove what could be done with a publicly available dataset in a matter of minutes.
Why is that important?
Being able to make sound managerial decisions relies on having access to relevant data, and being able to transform that data into something relevant and visible. This quick demonstration shows the value of having an openly available data set, and how easy it is for people to take open data and make it into something that can be used to explore trends over time, or provide numerical insights for decision making.
I'm hoping to add some more visualisations when I get the time using various publicly available data sets, but for now, enjoy!
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