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Tableau Software is a company that offers a number of related products that allow individuals and organizations to develop and share interactive data visualizations. For examples of Tableau in action, see their Viz Gallery

“We make analyzing data fast and easy, beautiful and useful.”  -Tableau Software

Tableau Products

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Tableau Desktop

Develop interactive visualizations with private Brown data

This is a licensed desktop product that enables the user to develop interactive data visualizations.

Tableau Desktop visualizations may be shared with others with one of the following products:
  • Tableau Server—publish and share visualizations securely within Brown
  • Tableau Public— publish and share visualizations publicly on Tableau Public servers or embed on a website
  • Tableau Reader—share Tableau packaged workbook files (.twbx) with individuals
Free trial download for anyone.

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Through Tableau for Students, full-time students can request FREE Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep licenses.
Faculty member or instructorThrough Tableau for Teaching, instructors can request a FREE single license, bulk lab licenses, or bulk student licenses to the academic suite (Tableau Desktop, Tableau Prep, Tableau Online) to use in curriculum or academic research. See FAQs to see if you qualify.
StaffBrown has a limited  number of licenses (which are fairly costly) available to assign to specific users for analysis with Brown data. Request a staff license.

NOTE: When a license is not actively used (or is not expected to be used for a length of time) we ask users to return their license. Users may re-request a license when a need arises.

Everyone elseSee Tableau Public below (it's free).

Tableau Prep

Clean and shape your data for analysis

This desktop product is available for Tableau Desktop licensed users. 

It is a self-service data preparation tool that helps clean and shape your data prior to analysis. Use it to prepare data for analysis in Tableau Desktop or for other purposes. 

Free trial download for anyone.

Licenses for the full version are automatically made available to Tableau Desktop (see above) licensed users.

Tableau Public

Develop  visualizations to share on a website

This free version of Tableau Desktop allows users to develop and publish interactive data visualizations to the Tableau Public server and optionally embed on a website. All work is saved and published to the Tableau Public web servers and owned by Tableau—nothing is saved locally on your computer.

Features include:

  • Support for data sets up to 10 million rows
  • 10 GB storage limit
  • Ability to limit downloading of files from Tableau Public
  • Ability to hide underlying data

Visit the Office of Institutional Research to see Tableau Public in use at Brown.

Free download for anyone

If you want to learn Tableau Desktop for professional development (and aren't working with sensitive Brown data) or use it visualize data for a hobby and can share your visualizations publicly, this is a great option.

Tableau ReaderThis free desktop application allows a user to open, view, and interact with visualizations  built in Tableau Desktop.

Think of it like Adobe Reader for visualizations.
Free download for anyone.

Tableau Server

Share data visualizations securely within the organization

Tableau Desktop licensed users can publish and share data visualizations centrally to Tableau Server with specific authorized users or groups of users within Brown.

Along with Cognos Analytics, Tableau Server is one of Brown's two enterprise business intelligence platforms.
If you are a Tableau Desktop (see above) licensed user, you can request a Tableau Server project to publish and share your data visualizations securely. 
Tableau OnlineThis is a hosted version of Tableau Server.Not used by Brown

More Resources

For additional information for Tableau  users, visit the Business Intelligence @Brown website


For questions about Tableau at Brown, contact

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Phone: 401-863-4357


Location: Page Robinson Hall - 69 Brown St., Room 510

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Walk-ins Welcome! Appointments recommended.

For reserved service for a technical consult or a loaner check-out, you can schedule an appointment here.