Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with Google Calendar Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for Google Calendar data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from Google Calendar data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live Google Calendar data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for Google Calendar and build a simple visualization using Google Calendar data.

CData Connect provides a pure SQL interface for Google Calendar, allowing you to easily integrate with live Google Calendar data in Metabase — without replicating the data. Connect looks exactly like a MySQL database to Metabase and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Google Calendar, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Google Calendar data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Google Calendar Data

CData Connect Cloud uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "Google Calendar" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Google Calendar.

    You can connect to Google APIs on behalf of individual users or on behalf of a domain. Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. See the "Getting Started" section of the help documentation for a guide.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the MySQL interface to connect to CData Connect.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to CData Connect and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "MySQL"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "Google Calendar (CData Connect)")
    • Host: The URL of your Connect instance (e.g. https://myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Port: The port of the MySQL endpoint for your Connect instance (e.g. 3306)
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database you just created (e.g. Google Calendar1)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query Google Calendar Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to CData Connect, you can query Google Calendar and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the Google Calendar data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the virtual database, e.g.

    SELECT Summary, StartDateTime FROM VacationCalendar
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from Google Calendar data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live Google Calendar data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for Google Calendar (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live Google Calendar data in Metabase today.