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

Configuring the data source (also known as ‘Data Modeling’)

Data modeling consist of customizing your data source fields (dimensions and metrics) so that your reports visualize the data in your desired format.

You configure a data source by:

  • Renaming data source fields
  • Changing data types (what type of data (like text, numeric) the field contains)
  • Changing aggregations (how numeric fields should be summarized)
  • Adding a new field
  • Adding a description (description of a field)

 

The data source fields panel  is where you configure the data source. 

Here is how this panel looks like:

You see this panel when you create or edit a data source.

In order to create and configure your data source, 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 how the home page looks like:

You can 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: Select the connector you want to use. Let’s select ‘Google Analytics’ connector:

Step-5: Create a data source connection by selecting the data set you want to connect with your data source:

Step-6: Click on the ‘Connect’ button to connect your data source to the specified data set:

Once you click on the ‘Connect’ button, you will see the data source editor through which you can do data modelling:

Step-7: Configure your data source by:

  • Renaming data source fields
  • Changing data types (what type of data (like text, numeric) the field contains)
  • Changing aggregations (how numeric fields should be summarized)
  • Adding a new field
  • Adding a description (description of a field)

Congratulations. You have now created and configured your new data source.

 

Step-8 (optional): Click on the ‘Create Report’ button to create a new report from your newly created data source or navigate back to the data studio home page:

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