I have created polygons files of several Canadian cities to use in Tableau. They are either Electoral Districts or Wards and the source shapefiles comes from the following cities Open Data Portals:

You can access these polygon points csv files from my public Dropbox here: Polygons for Tableau

City of Ottawa Wards


If you want to know how to create and prepare polygon maps from shapefiles to use in Tableau, I recommend the following articles:

Keep you posted on new files from other Canadian cities…

Slides from my presentation at the Ottawa SQL Server 2014 Day.
Thank you to everyone who attended the full day presentations on SQL Server 2014.

SQL Server 2014’s mission is to deliver for our customers mission critical performance for the most demanding database applications, hitting on all aspects of mission critical criteria from performance to security, scalability and high availability along with the mission critical support.

When it comes to business intelligence the mission is to deliver faster insights into any data big data, small data, all data and most importantly deliver BI in a consumable manner for business users through familiar tools.

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  • Presentation slides from my session “Building Network Graphs with Tableau” at the Ottawa Tableau User Group Meetup – Thanks to everyone who attended.

    To build the network graph demo, here is the Excel Workbook with the sample data for download:
    Network Graph Sample Data (Microsoft Excel) – AsterixGraphData_Tableau.xls

    To implement network graphs in Tableau, Data preparation is key!


    Let’s quickly go through the steps and create a network graph with this very small sample dataset;

    To start, drag the “LineY” attribute to the Rows shelf and the “LineX” attribute on the Columns shelf. Set the Mark type to “Circle” this will render a basic scatterplot.


    Add the “CircleY” attribute to the Rows shelf as a Double Axis (right click on the Axis and click “Dual Axis”), and then synchronize the two Y axes (right click on the Axis, and click on “Synchronize Axis”)


    Next we need to format the Tableau Mark cards to show “Multiple Mark Types“. Go to the “CircleY” Mark card and set Mark type as “Pie“. Drag the “NodeName” attribute on Label and “ID” on Color on the Mark card – each pie slice represents a connection (transaction)


    Then cycle to the “LineY” Mark. Drag the “ID” and “Relationship” attributes on Detail on the Mark card. Set the Mark type to “Line”. Tableau will connect the dots… and Voilà! A simple Network Graph. You can resize the LineY series to make lines thinner.


    To further enhance your visualization you could add a summary table, provide filters, and modify the tooltips.


    Have fun!