The underlying platform or product that contains the data on which you want to report.
The data set is the system outside of Data Studio where your collected data actually resides. Examples include a specific Google Analytics view, one or more Google Ads manager sub-accounts, a set of Display & Video 360 advertisers, a BigQuery table or query, a Google Sheets spreadsheet, a Facebook Ads account, etc.
You can also store data sets on Google servers by uploading CSV files.
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 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.