A specific instance of a connection to your data.
In Looker Studio, connecting to your data involves the following components:
- Connectors connect Looker Studio to your underlying data. Connecting to your data creates a data source in Looker Studio.
- Data sources represent a particular instance of a connector: for example, a connection to a specific BigQuery table or query, a Google Analytics property, or a 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.
Data sources can be either embedded or reusable. Reports can include both embedded and reusable data sources.
Data sources you create while editing a report are embedded in the report. To edit an embedded data source, you do so within that report. Embedded data sources make collaborating on reports and data sources easier. Anyone who can edit the report can also edit the data source, as well as modify its connection. When you share or copy the report, any embedded data sources are shared or copied as well.
Data sources that you create from the home page are reusable. You can reuse these data sources in different reports. Reusable data sources let you create and share a consistent data model across your organization. Only people you share it with can edit a reusable data source. Only the owner of the data source's credentials can modify the connection.