The issues with embedding from Tableau are annoying, and have been annoying me. I know how much time these things can suck out of the limited time-receptacle that contains thesis production, so I really want to fix this asap.

My feeling was that this is an issue of vs There is very little option for customisation of beyond the themes and options provided, and there is no facility to adjust CSS, without paying a fee, and frankly, if I’m going to pay for the privilege of tweaking the CSS I’d much rather pay for full hosting instead of just an add-on.

So, I decided to check it out by posting the embed code to my academic website, also WordPress, but hosted by Reclaim Hosting. It worked perfectly, fully embedded and interactive as it should be. Great. Ish.

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No silly arrow, no display issues, link here:

The question now is what to do? Do I just pay for hosting, or persevere with a less-than perfect product which fails to do one of the most basic things a website should do?



It seems the process is never easy; never straightforward. I have created some really visually impactful data visualisations using Tableau Public, but the embedding is proving to be an irritation. The embeddd data visualisations come up with a “play” type arrow in the centre, but the arrow does nothing, and obscures the view and use of the embedded image.

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I have played around with the theme to see if it’s just because of space, but that doesn’t seem to make any difference.

Right now, it seems the best solution that will allow me to just get on with it is to use a picture of the data viz, and then provide the link to Tableau underneath, but that’s not ideal, and it’s not what I wanted.

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I definately didn’t have this problem the last time I embedded from Tableau.

It’s a slog to get these niggles ironed out, an irritating slog.

The Map Zone

Getting in the map zone now. Once I have all the data viz I need I can actually start putting the data journalism piece together.

Improved Water Source, % of population with access

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Data Collection

I now have all my data, and I have an awful lot of it. This isn’t even everything I’ve got:

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I’ve gathered nearly of my recent data from the World Bank website, it allows the option to download very specific pieces of data, and that function will save me a considerable amount of time. The data is already pretty clean too, which really helps. Now all I need to do is decide which data best expresses what I want to express, or see what patterns emerge.

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Groups of Data

An interesting development is in the combinations of data available, and the implications of that. I have found data about alternative and nuclear energy lumped together, and also about communicable diseases and nutrition conditions. While I understand there is some logic to these groupings, it also skews the data. As far as I am concerned, nuclear energy should not be considered “ethical” or environmentally sustainable, it produces huge amounts of impossible to dispose of waste, and has lasting consequences for the environment and for human health. The only connecting factor here is that the fuel types are not fossil fuels, but unless we can see the breakdown within that data, we can’t really get a clear picture of ethical, environmentally sustainable energy use.

In other news, I created a gorgeous map using Tableau, but it won’t let me save it. Typical.

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Now Data Viz Whiz

Highest Alternative and Nuclear Energy Use 2014

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More Maps

So it seems creating maps with the World Bank data viz tool is easy, and I really like the tool. It doesn’t mess about, and unlike many tools I have used, (Datawrapper, Tableau Public, Open Heat Maps, and more) it seems to be quite intuitive.

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The maps are lovely, but it just will not let me properly download them, and only seems to allow saving within the website, which is really frustrating.

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If I could download or embed these maps, then I would absolutely use this tool and all the data from this website for my final piece, because they are some of the most visually attractive I have come across. Combine that with the ease of creation and lack of need for the laborious and somewhat soul-destroying task of data cleaning, then this tool would win hands down.

Nothing is ever easy in the world of data viz. Who said robots were set to take over the world? Not yet, not yet…..

Lacking Data

“Adequacy of social protection and labor programs (% of total welfare of beneficiary households) – 2007.”

This would have been a really good possible measure for social degradation, because it shows the level of support people can access from the state.

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Annoyingly, there is a lack of data available, so the data viz tool on the World Bank website created this fairly disappointing map.

More searching needed. Although I have found some possible environmental measures that could yield results.



The Capitalism of Health

Here is a data journalism piece exposing the fact that massive spending on healthcare in the US does not equate to a healthy population;

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“Vox: Ways the American health care system is literally the worst: The United States comes in dead last in a new, international ranking of health care systems from a top health-care non-profit. A new Commonwealth Fund report looks at how the United States stacks up against other countries on things like access to doctors and quality of care. It pulls from three separate surveys conducted over the past three years: a 2011 survey of sicker patients, a 2012 survey of doctors and a 2013 survey of adults over 18. It also uses health outcome data from the OECD and World Health Organization.”

There are some nice data visualisations in this article;

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