How do I use Canvas Data files?

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Canvas Data files should be used to create queried reports in ODBC analytics tools. Common tools include Tableau, SQL Workbench/J, Excel, and R. Analytics tools can also access the Redshift database.

As part of the Canvas Data Portal, the Canvas Data Schema includes documentation that explains all the table data that is exported from Canvas. This documentation shows all the available files and the data in each file.

For full Canvas Data use, data files should live in a database. Once you have downloaded your institution's flat files, table headers must be added to the files before analysis can be run through your preferred database.

If your institution does not have its own data warehouse, Amazon Redshift is available as a premium option to host and run analytical data. Please contact your Customer Success Manager for more information.

When using an IP Address Whitelist, software files should be set up from a computer that can access the whitelisted IP address.

For help with using Canvas Data in various software platforms and sample queries, please view the Canvas Data Group in the Canvas Community.

Tableau

Tableau

Tableau is a per-user license software platform that helps people see and understand their data. For help with files in Tableau, please view the Tableau support page.

Canvas Data in Tableau can be viewed through Amazon Redshift and is the easiest, recommended method for accessing and analyzing data. In Tableu, select the Connect to Data link and select Amazon Redshift. To connect to the database, enter your Redshift credentials as set up in the Canvas Admin Portal.

SQL Workbench/J

SQL Workbench/J

SQL Workbench/J is a free cross-platform SQL query tool that operates on Java. For more information about SQL Workbench/J, please see the Amazon SQL Workbench/J documentation.

Canvas Data in SQL Workbench/J can be viewed through Amazon Redshift. To connect to the database, enter your Redshift credentials as set up in the Canvas Admin Portal.

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Excel

Excel

Excel is a data analysis tool that is part of Microsoft Office. Windows users can download the Windows Redshift ODBC Driver, and Mac OS X users can download the Mac Redshift ODBC Driver.

Canvas Data in Excel can be viewed through Amazon Redshift. Open Excel, select the Excel Data Connection Wizard, and locate the ODBC driver. To connect to the database, enter your Redshift credentials as set up in the Canvas Admin Portal.

R

R

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It runs on a wide variety of platforms. For help with files in R, please view the R support page.

Canvas Data in R can be viewed through Amazon Redshift. To connect to the database, enter your Redshift credentials as set up in the Canvas Admin Portal.

Other ODBC Tools

Most other ODBC and Java database connectivity (JDBC) PostgresSQL clients should be supported by Canvas Data. However, please notes that pgAdmin is not supported.

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