Ricardo Santos

Ricardo studied Civil Engineering in his hometown of Lisbon, Portugal mostly because of his passion for urban planning and transportation systems. During the course, he first came in contact with some basic data analysis techniques and that’s when he first realised the power of data. After moving to Sydney in October 2018, he eventually found out about Tableau and The Data School when looking for new job opportunities. In his spare, time Ricardo is likely to be found reading or exploring Sydney’s amazing coastal walks.

Reflective Blog

In the application process, we're promised 16 weeks of intense training in all things data, focussing on Tableau and Alteryx. Well, it certainly is true. Even though 16 weeks doesn't seem like a long time (it really isn't!), the amount of knowledge and experience you...

Tips for Project Week

image credits: John Kars photography | Grad Australia Thoughts and fears going into Project Week   One of the most exciting aspects of our training at The Data School, besides the obvious analytics, is that each of us gets to be project lead for a week. However,...

Journalist Deaths Abroad

Dashboard Week's day 5 was all about a dataset on journalists deaths. Craig also gave us an extra task, which was to use version 8.3 of Tableau to build our dashboards. For someone like me, who started using Tableau in late January 2019 (version 2019.1), Tableau 8.3...

Portugal’s ageing population

Day 4 of Dashboard Week coincided with the World's Population Day. We were given https://www.gapminder.org/data/ website to use as a data source and build a viz on whatever ticked our interest. While exploring the countless datasets available I thought it would be...

What does it take to be player of the match?

After a day out on shadowing one of MIP's consultants work for a client, I'm back to The Data School for Dashboard Week's day 3. Today we had a go at a dataset on the 2019 Cricket's World Cup which is just days away from the final. This is where I have to admit that I...

How to ace the Tableau Certification Exam

If you're preparing to take the Tableau Certified Associate Exam, and you're not sure if you're ready yet, or if just want some tips on how to best prepare for it, then this post is for you! Of course, this is not the only blog post you'll read on this topic. I was...

Using Google’s Geolocation API

Makeover Monday's week 21 dataset was about bear attacks in the United States and Canada since 1901. Given the type of data, I thought it would be interesting to plot the attack sites on a map, somehow. However, there were no coordinates on the dataset, only info...

My trips in Sydney – Part 1

In this blog post, I'll be taking you through the steps that I took to parse data from a series of PDF files containing records from my public transport trips in Sydney. A second post that I will publish next week will be showing a Tableau visualisation of that data...

Tableau tips and tricks

It has now been four months since I first learned that there was a data visualisation tool called Tableau. Like a kid who has just been given the newest gadget on the market, I started exploring what I could do with it and immediately it blew my mind away. 'Just drag...