Data viz practitioners have been enjoying the powerful and flexible solutions offered by Data Studio since its release in 2016. Among its features is the ability to use a variety of different data source connectors which make connecting to your data sets on a variety of platforms easy. But what happens when the default connectors aren’t enough to suit your needs? The answer is community connectors!
What Are Community Connectors?
Community connectors are Data Studio’s answer for how to pull your data from a variety of non-standard, web accessible sources into Data Studio. Once built, these connectors can be reused in a variety of situations as you see fit.
Why Use Community Connectors?
There are a variety of reasons to consider using community connectors. Here are a few to consider below:
- Pull data from web accessible APIs or endpoints
- Blend data from multiple sources
- Have connector level data cleaning or formatting so that you don’t have to repeat that cleanup process in multiple reports
- Share useful connectors with the community and even monetize them if you wish
How Can You Start Taking Advantage of Community Connectors?
There are 3 ways to start taking advantage of community connectors:
- Search or browse through the partner connectors which are available when selecting a connector within Data Studio
- Connect with a vendor who specializes in building custom connectors such as Supermetrics
For Those Looking to Try Creating a Connector
If you or your team are looking to get started building community connectors, there are some excellent resources to get you started. We recommend that you start with the Google Codelab which leads through the process of creating a basic connector found here.
We’d Love to Help!
If you aren’t sure how to get started with Data Studio community connectors or would like to discuss some questions on the topic, please reach out to us as we’d love to help you meet your needs!
Do you have any experiences or thoughts on Data Studio’s community connectors? Share your thoughts in the comments below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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