A specific instance of a connection to your data.
Connecting to your data involves two components that work together:
- Connectors connect Data Studio to your underlying data. Connecting to your data creates a data source in Data Studio.
- Data sources represent a particular instance of a connector: for example, a connection to a specific Google Analytics property or view, MySQL table, or Google Sheet. Data sources let you configure the fields and options provided by the connector used to create that connection instance. In addition, the data source gives you a secure way to share information and insights with report viewers who may not be able to directly access the underlying data.
There are two kinds of data source:
Embedded data sources are part of the report and can only be used in the report in which they were created. You can edit the data source from within the report. If you share or copy the report, all of its embedded data sources are shared and copied, as well. Learn more.
Reusable data sources exist as separate assets and can be used in multiple reports. You can edit a reusable data source from within the report, or from the Data Studio home page.