Tableau Software recently announced that it would begin giving away its Tableau Desktop analytics software, says Christopher Dawson for ZDNet Education. Having spent some time with the tool, I can say that this could mark a turning point in the way students think about data. My masters degree has been languishing for years. I’ve completed all of the coursework and only needed to write a thesis. I just couldn’t manage to prioritize it over writing jobs that actually paid me. And then Tableau Software reached out to me a couple weeks ago about their new initiative to help students and teachers begin using their desktop analytics product for free and, in turn, learn about big data hands on. Suddenly, I had a project I couldn’t resist. A student’s and teacher’s guide to data analytics using Tableau with public datasets…

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