Data Access

A how-to for all data mining endeavors

Tableau is a popular data visualization tool for interactive self-service reporting and analysis. Tableau can be used by anyone at Northeastern wishing to create their own data visualizations for use within their organization.

Northeastern’s Tableau Environment

Tableau at Northeastern is a combination of desktop software and the ability to publish desktop creations to a server for sharing. The two components you need to do this are explained below.

Tableau Creator is the software installed on your own machine for the purpose of connecting to many different types of data sources, exploring the data, and creating interactive dashboards, analyses, and repots. A Creator license entitles you to use Tableau Desktop for data exploration and visualization and Tableau Prep Builder for querying, combining, shaping, and cleaning your data. This license also allows you to publish your data visualizations to the Tableau Server.

Tableau Server is available to any faculty or staff member at Northeastern to publish and share Tableau workbooks internally.  No Tableau license is necessary just to view Tableau workbooks that other people have published.  The server is located at

The Northeastern Tableau Community

The Tableau community at Northeastern meets approximately quarterly to exchange ideas and share information. If you would like to be informed about these events and other Tableau information, we encourage you to join our Teams site for Northeastern Tableau users. There, you can ask the group a question, look for information on upcoming user group meetings, and access training and education materials. Click on “Join or create team” at the bottom left corner of the Teams app, and then enter the Tableau User Group join code 1vcpn3g and click “Join team”.


Tableau Creator licenses can be obtained centrally via ITS. A limited number are available for use by the Northeastern analytics community, so if you need a license, please submit a ServiceNow ticket.

Faculty who are using Tableau for teaching purposes may submit a request online on the Tableau website to receive a free license.  Students are also eligible to receive a free license via the Tableau website request form.

Tableau Server

No individual license is needed to log into the Tableau Server.  Any faculty or staff member can log into the Tableau Server at Northeastern to view the content, but access to content is determined by the content publisher.

The Tableau Server, hosted and maintained by ITS, is divided into sites, typically along college, unit or departmental lines.  Each site has a site administrator who controls the ability of faculty or staff to publish to their site via “permissions” and is responsible for communicating with Tableau users in their group (such as in the case of periodic server downtime for server maintenance).  If your department does not have a site on the server but would like to start one, please submit a request via Service Now.  Be sure to include the name of the new site administrator.  For a list of current sites and their administrators, please see below.

Security and Permissions

As with any data at Northeastern, you must be granted access to the information source to be able to supply data to your Tableau workbooks. Also, any publishers of Tableau workbooks to the Tableau Server are responsible for properly securing the contents via appropriate permissions. It is a best practice to supply Viewer (and/or Interactor) privileges to those who will see your Tableau workbook, and remove download (data or workbook) privileges. Please use the Data Classification guidelines as well as the Confidentiality of University Records policy when determining who should see the information you are providing. These and other helpful policies can be found on the policy page, and Best Practices for permissions can be found on the Northeastern Tableau user group site.

Tableau Site Administrators

Department Site Administrator(s)
University Decision Support John Bielaus
Mike Carlucci
Diana Danelian
Rana Glasgal
Brian McGrath
College of Science Sam Inman
Settanah Savoy
Registrar John Alton
Eric Benevides
Annie Dervin-Jundt
Jennifer Dai
Amy Hull
College of Social Sciences and Humanities Nancy Falk
Petula Durocher
College of Arts, Media and Design Nora Rasanen
Advancement Thomas Villiotte
Allison Jones
Alumni Relations Isabella Bachman
Jack McCorkle
Student Affairs Robert Birichi
Enrollment Management – Undergraduate Ethan Cheatle
Crissy Gaffney
Ilia Xheblati
Sandra Sweeney
Alexander Leon
D’Amore McKim School of Business Neha Thakur
Rachel Gontarz
Chan Kuk Park
Henry Fellner
Fernando Antonioli
Bouve College of Health Sciences Ben Brown
Roy Schifilliti
College of Engineering Sawyer Dosier
Khoury College of Computer and Information Science Michel Feldman
Sarah Maravetz
Information Technology Services Samy Hay
Sophia Jagannathan
Christopher Carrillo
Mark Chambers
Amelia Solis
Student Financial Services Warren Lord
Ilia Xheblati
Cristina Ruscito
Sandra Sweeney
Alexander Leon
Research Administration Shruti Walawalkar
Joan Cyr
Dziyana Aydin
Global Experience Office (currently no site admin)
Human Resources Nishchitha Thuljaram Yoganand
NU Classroom Rana Glasgal
School of Law Greg Houghton
Teaching and Learning Group Daniel Seaton
Harun Gunasekaran
Girlie Delacruz
College of Professional Studies Joseph Reynolds
Asim Javed
Enrollment Management – Graduate/Professional Anuraag Macha
Cristina Ruscito
Meghan Ryan
Sandra Sweeney
Ilia Xheblati
Alexander Leon
Molly Lindberg
Markus Rabelo
Samantha Smith
University Library Jen Ferguson
Kate Kryder
James Lee
Sarah Sweeney
External Affairs Greg Houghton
Internal Consulting Fabio Yeboles Chen
Facilities Operations Jared Videlefsky
Joe Lalley
Carl Parisien
LEARN Suzanne Horwitz
Husky Card Office Brendan Kastner
Daniel Minchoff
Campus Planning Scott Margeson
PhD Network Rana Glasgal
Sara Wadia-Fascetti
Provost Kirsten Gilbert
Chancellor Alexander Leon
Kevin Schultz
Ilia Xheblati
Finance David Navick
Anna Rodier
Tanya Boulanova
Brian McKenna
Office of Global Services Sandra Sweeney
Ethan Cheatle
Crissy Gaffney
Cristina Ruscito
Ilia Xheblati
Housing and Residential Life Ryan Evaul
Daniel Palmateer
Global Campus Network Avnish Patel
Digital Learning Matt Behlmann
Bradley Hemenway
Center for Inclusive Computing Megan Giordano
Office of Institutional Assessment and Evaluation Sophia Jagannathan
Regional Campuses Kate Chan
Roux Institute Colin Campbell