How to create and configure a data source in Google Data Studio

In order to create a data source schema, follow the steps below:

Step-1: Navigate to the home page of your Data Studio account: 

The home page is where you create and access all your Data Studio files.

Here is what the home page looks like:

Note: You can also navigate to the home page of your Google Data Studio account by clicking on the Data Studio logo on the top left-hand side:

Step-2: Click on the ‘+ Create’ drop-down menu:

Step-3: Click on the ‘Data Source’ option:

Step-4: Double click on the text ‘Untitled Data Source‘ and then rename your data source schema:

Step-5: Select the connector you want to use. Let’s select the ‘Google Sheets’ connector:

Step-6: Create a data source connection by selecting the data source you want to connect with your data source schema:

Step-7: Click on the ‘Connect’ button to connect your data source schema to the specified data source:

Once you click on the ‘Connect’ button, you will see the data source schema editor through which you can configure your data source:


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How to configure a Data Source Schema (Data Modeling)

You configure/customize a data source schema by:

  • Renaming data source schema fields
  • Changing data types (what type of data (like text, numeric) the field contains)
  • Changing aggregations (how numeric fields should be summarized)
  • Adding, removing, duplicating or disabling field
  • Adding or editing a description (description of a field)

The data source schema editor is where you configure the data source schema. Here is what this editor looks like:

You see this editor whenever you create or edit a data source schema.

What is data modelling?

In the context of Data Studio, data modelling is the process of configuring data source schema.

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