Communicating Geographic Research Through Interactive Web-based Dashboards and Data Storytelling

This workshop will enable geographers with no programming background to design and deploy interactive web-based dashboards using Tableau. The workshop will demonstrate how researchers can use dashboard technologies to answer novel geographic questions and make research findings more publicly accessible, engaging, and valuable to a wide range of audiences.

June 6, 2022, 11:00am Eastern Time – September 9, 2022, 5:30pm Eastern Time

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Sarbeswar PraharajSarbeswar Praharaj, Arizona State University

Dr. Sarbeswar Praharaj is the Assistant Research Professor and Associate Director of Data & Visualization at the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, Arizona State University, where he has extensively used Tableau and ArcGIS to develop cutting-edge data visualization and dashboard solutions addressing the most pressing resiliency challenges. He has designed and delivered in-person and virtual courses and workshops on urban analytics and geospatial data science in diverse cultural settings across universities in the U.S., Australia, India, and the U.K. He currently teaches graduate-level courses at ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning as an Assistant Research Professor, integrating data-driven applied research into learning pedagogies.

Eligibility and capacity

We will select up to 20 graduate students to participate in this workshop. Selection will be based on your AAG membership status, your research needs, and time of registration. If you are selected, we will notify you ahead of the workshop and provide you all the workshop details and session links. If you are selected, the expectation is that you will participate in all sessions of the workshop.


The selected participants should be mid to advanced-level graduate students broadly interested in geospatial data analysis and web-based interactive data visualization/exploration. While no prior training in analytics or programming is required, students with basic knowledge in map development, symbology, and the application of various types of charts would find this course more useful. Register if you are looking to develop skills in interactive data visualization and web-based dashboards to make your research data more publicly accessible, engaging and interactive, and convincing to a wide range of users.

Detailed schedule

This workshop will meet at the following times (Eastern Time):

  • Session 1: AAG Welcome Session, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Monday, June 6
  • Session 2: Importing Data and Building Custom Visualization in Tableau, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Tuesday, June 7
  • Session 3: Office Hours, 4:00 – 6:00pm, Wednesday, June 8
  • Session 4: Building a Geospatial Dashboard and Publishing to the Web, 4:00 – 6:00pm Thursday, June 9
  • Session 5: Improving the Usability of Dashboards Through User Experience Evaluation, 4:00 – 6:00pm, Friday, June 10.

Throughout the week, expect to also spend a few hours working independently on readings or short assignments for the workshop.