Why Vizioneer?

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The "Vizioneer" comes from mashing two words that have shaped my world for most of my adult life - Engineer and [data] Visualizations (or Vizes to those who know what's up). Graduating from first from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, followed by Georgia Tech with my Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering, all of which taught me to think through anything and everything - problem solving, "engineering" solutions, teaching to the "ah ha" moments - is what I love to do. In 2010 that investigative, engineering mindset intersected a job change and a plunge into the world of Data Analysis. In the search for the next great thing I stumbled on to a data visualization and dashboarding product called Tableau software and things just took off. So now I guess you could call me that engineer with the sweet data visualizations - or just "The Vizioneer" :)

In 2013, I joined the incredible team at Slalom, focusing on Tableau and it's been an amazing experience. Recently in 2014, I was honored and humbled to receive Tableau's highest recognition of being named a Tableau Zen Master. Follow along to see what happens next :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Day 9 (Birthday Edition): Streetview Integration

Well I did it.  I've survived the first 30 years.  In the words of Tim McGraw "I think I’ll take a moment, celebrate my age, The ending of an era and the turning of a page. Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here - Lord have mercy on my next thirty years"  It's going to be a good day.  

I've been saving this one.  It's a personal favorite that I came up with myself at the end of 2012.  I was working on a parking meter project with the City of San Francisco.  They had the Latitude and Longitude of each of the 27,000 meters in the city.  I wanted to someone at the central office to be able to see what someone out in the field doing collections was seeing, so I came up with a way to show an interactive Google Streetview for each meter.  Once I figured out the correct URL (and parameters in the URL) it was as easy any other URL Dashboard action in Tableau.  I'm pretty convinced that I was chosen to speak at TCC last year because of this little trick.  Sasha and Morgan told me they'd never seen anyone do it before. So, with out further ado, I give you the Google Streetview hack.

I've had enough of Superstore data for a while.  I've gone a grabbed a list of US State Capitals from Wikipedia, and I'm going to use that table as my data source.  We're going sightseeing on state capitals around the country!  Here we go.

 First we're going to make a map showing all the state capitals.  In the data, create a State, City hierarchy (Select them both, right click and select "Create Hierarchy" - make sure state is on top of city).  Double click "State" and you should see dot in each state.  Hover over the State pill on the detail shelf, and hit the plus sign to get to the city level.  I excluded Hawaii and Alaska (not from my bucket list, just from the map), and changed the circles to gold stars - It makes them very capital-like.  It looks like this:

That's pretty much it for our dev on the sheet.  We're now going to make a dashboard.  This sheet will make up the top half and the Streetview will be on the bottom half.  I've size dashboard to be "iPad Portrait" in case you're interested.  I dropped the map in and followed that with a web page container, leaving the URL blank and hit ok.  At the moment it should look like this:

Now for the trick.  Click the map and go up to Dashboard>>Actions>>Add Action>>URL

Side note, I've just spent the last two hours trying to get a workaround from the "new" Google Maps which appears to have been my URL Streetview link.  As such, the only way I could make this trick work is to use Bing.  I never thought I'd see the day.  Thanks a lot Google.

Back to the program.  Tell the action to run on click.  In the URL, paste the following:
http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=<Latitude (generated)>~<Longitude (generated)>&lvl=10&sty=x~lat~<Latitude (generated)>~lon~<Longitude (generated)>~alt~296.433~z~30~h~258.3~p~-29.1~pid~5082&app=5082&FORM=LMLTCC

It's not quite the same as the Streetview used to be.  But it is what it is.

You now have the ability to click a city and get the interactive streetview.  It should look like this:

Here's the dashboard.  If anybody can get the streetview to work, I'll buy you a Coke at TCC.

Many thanks - 

1 comment:

  1. Nelson, Try changing the URL for Google Streetview to this format.

    Example here: