I was flying out of Seattle on the way to southern California this morning, and when I looked out the window, we were rapidly approaching Mount St. Helens, which is quite beautiful and shocking. I remember reading about it as a child and am still in awe of the volcanic power of the earth. And that got me thinking–there are a lot of people who live fairly close to Mount St. Helens…and even closer to its dormant brethren, Mount Hood and Mount Rainier.
While those are humbling, I was a bit more enlightened/intrigued by the power of meteors when Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) spoke about them in his keynote at the Tableau Conference in Seattle last week (ah, Seattle again…). A decently sized meteor could cause a tsunami that more or less wipes out the west coast of the US. (Thanks to the NOAA for reminding me who’s the boss–check out the data at http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/hazard/)
So! I thought that some earthquake and volcano data would be perfect for the Tampa Tableau User Group’s online viz contest, which officially starts with this post and concludes with our meeting at Kforce next Tuesday, 9/23. We highly encourage you to download the data from Github at https://github.com/aohmann/Tampa-Bay-TUG and then to combine it with other freely available data sources (like World Bank or US AID data…hint, hint…) and, when you have finished, publish it to Tableau Public. Mention me on Twitter @ashleyswain with the hashtag #TampaBayTUG by noon on 9/23.
Oh, and sign-up for the in-person Tampa Bay Tableau User Group! http://www.tableausoftware.com/learn/usergroups/tampa-bay-user-group/09-23-2014
We’ll have judging online, via WebEx, so everyone can join. And we’ll provide updates regularly!