Google Data Studio offers many built-in connectors that let you access your data from Google Analytics, AdWords, YouTube, and other Google products. But what about non-Google sources?
You likely have data from social networks, email automation tools, ecommerce platforms, CRM systems, and other databases that you would like to see in reports and dashboards. For this reason, Data Studio launched Community Connectors to allow you to connect to any internet-accessible data source.
Regardless of whether your data is in Facebook, Salesforce, MailChimp, or a galaxy far, far away, you can seamlessly bring it into Data Studio using Community Connectors.
Whether you are looking for the fastest starship in the galaxy, the latest photos from the Hubble telescope, or the location of the International Space Station, we’ve got you covered.
Inspired by the latest Star Wars movie, these vizzes are. Check them out below, you shall.
Star Wars API
Using the awesome Star Wars API, here’s a visualization of the planets, starships, and people of the Star Wars universe:
NASA Astronomy Photo of the Day
If you are a fan of astronomy, you may be familiar with NASA’s Astronomy Photo of the Day website. NASA also provides API that allows us to pull these breathtaking images directly into Data Studio. The date control will let you browse the archive of photos. If you open this report in Data Studio, you can view it in full screen for the best experience.
Where is the International Space Station?
Keeping with the space theme, here’s a simple dashboard that shows the real-time position of the International Space Station in its orbit around the earth. We’re connecting to the Where the ISS at? API to retrieve its current position and prior positions for the past 45 minutes:
These space-themed connectors are just fun examples, but they demonstrate the capability and flexibility of Data Studio.
What data sources would you like to connect to? Let us know in the comments below.
If you would like help building your own connectors or exploring how Data Studio can work for your organization, please get in touch.
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