About Adding Your Own Data

It’s easy to add data from data sources. Adding your own data is sometimes referred to as “mash-up.”

You can add data in these ways:

When you add data to projects, it uses the names and data types of the columns being added to guess the best way to blend the data for you. You can make manual adjustments if that guess is not appropriate. A data model is created as part of your workflow, and you do not need to create one explicitly. The system does the work for you, but you can make manual adjustments if you want to. See Blending Data That You Added and Changing Data Blending.

When you blend Microsoft Excel spreadsheet files, the columns that you introduce behave as though they are part of the data model, even though you have not made any changes in Data Visualization. The data that you add is saved by name in Data Visualization.

You can add the data to projects and share it with other users. You can delete the data when you need to preserve space. See Deleting Data Sources from Data Visualization.