First Experience with Google Data Studio

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In the data analysis world, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about different technologies. In that context, I tried to explore Google Data Studio, I am capturing my learning steps.


Google Data Studio was initially made available to users in 2016. The development of the platform is a great example of rapid, Agile development.


Google Data Studio has some important capabilities like Data Visualization, Data Access, Data Processing, Communication, and Data Exploration and Analysis.

Data Set:

To start with our own data analysis project, it is the best option to take the data from Kaggle. Here is the data link


This data is about Video Game Sales data.

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The file includes the following fields.

•Rank — Ranking of overall sales

•Name — The games name

•Platform — Platform of the game’s release (i.e. PC, PS4, etc.)

•Year — Year of the game’s release

•Genre — Genre of the game

•Publisher — Publisher of the game

•NA_Sales — Sales in North America (in millions)

•EU_Sales — Sales in Europe (in millions)

•JP_Sales — Sales in Japan (in millions)

•Other_Sales — Sales in the rest of the world (in millions)

•Global_Sales — Total worldwide sales.

Start with Google Data Studio:

If we do not have Google Account, the below screen will be displayed

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If we have Google Account, the below screen will appear.

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Features of Landing Screen of Google Data Studio:

In the below video, get some idea about the landing page and the next steps.

Data Source Connectivity:

The below video is about to do some hands-on experience with Google Data Studio and its Data Source Connectivity.

Difference Between Create Report vs. Explore:

•Unlike Reports, everything created in the Explorer is temporary in nature.

•The Explorer simply acts as a place for brainstorming and testing, allowing users to dive into the data before having to worry about report formatting.

  • If users wish to retain the work, they will need to manually save the Explorer sheet. If we wish to share our work with others, we can export our explorations to a Report.

“Create Report” Layout Explanation:

The below video is about to do some hands-on experience with the “Create Report” layout

Create a Sample Report:

Here is some practical example of Sample Report Creation.

Report Sharing Options:

There are different options to share the report. Let’s learn from the below video.


Now we have some ideas about Google Data Studio. In the future, we will explore more features of Google Data Studio.

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