The tool: Tableau Public
What is it? Some elegant interactive tools are being made using the Tableau Public tool, which is available at no charge. It’s free data visualization software that — with a little tutorial — you can build interactive maps, tools and other cool stuff.
How does it work? Using a data set you get (or building your own on Excel), building a graphic that tells your story well.
There’s almost too much here to digest (for quickie graphic tools, try canva.com) but if you have an enthusiastic journalist who wants to dabble in data, let them play around with this.
It’s pitched to investigative reporters for serious projects, but think of the way you can use it to round up restaurant inspection reports, compare school data, or even create.
There is a resource page to view videos that show you how to use the data or how to navigate the dashboard.
The Marvel Comic Universe (How about collaborating on one for the Star Wars Universe!!!?)