Up until now, throughout my Tableau journey, I’ve been scouring the Internet for fun & interesting dataset and vizzing them up! And it’s been awesome but there’s been something missing. I’ve wanted to do a series or collection of vizzes with a similar theme.

Then the other day, it hit me! I should viz each of the sample datasets that Tableau Public provides, 28 to be exact spanning 9 categories:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Government
  • Health
  • Lifestyle
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Technology

The reason I’m doing this is simple, I want to improve my Tableau skills while challenging myself to use datasets that I may not find interesting or appealing.

So how am I gonna do it? Well, I could just start at the top and go from there but I want to mix it up. So I downloaded all the datasets and randomized the order a few dozen times in Excel and landed on this list (Yes, I’m aware of the rand() function in tableau but I’ve never used it and knew this would be faster for me. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to use it sometime during this series!):

Order Dataset Category
1 Mobile OS Usage Technology
2 The 2014 Inc. 500 Business
3 Summer Olympics Medalists Sports
4 Startup Venture Funding Technology
5 Titanic Passenger List Lifestyle
6 113th US Congress Voting Record Government
7 UK Big Lottery Fund Government
8 Star Wars Character Details Lifestyle
9 Employment Changes in Great Britain by Industry Business
10 Significant Volcanic Eruptions Science
11 UK University Research Excellence Framework Ratings 2014 Education
12 Eurovision 1998-2010 Entertainment
13 Consolidated Screening List Government
14 US Home Sales Government
15 American University Data Education
16 Global Active Archive of Large Flood Events Science
17 Tuberculosis Burden by Country Health
18 edX.org Academic Year 2012-2013 Education
19 Global Sports Finances Sports
20 US Construction Spending Government
21 Pokémon Index Entertainment
22 Top Baby Names in the US Lifestyle
23 Hollywood Profitable Stories Entertainment
24 Cat vs Dog Popularity in the US Lifestyle
25 Millennial vs Baby Boomer Employment Business
26 US County Health Rankings Health
27 Military Equipment Transfer Government
28 Global Burden of disease Health
29 NFL Stats, 1999-2013 Sports
30 2016 Presidential Candidate Spending Government
31 Magnitude 6+ Earthquakes Science

[UPDATE – 2/2/2017] It appears that Tableau Public is always adding new datasets to their list. I will update the above list periodically to include new datasets.