Data modeling facilitates data display in a visualized manner, allowing you to fast and easily read key information in data to master data development trends and make accurate and effective decisions.

The following figure shows a general process for data modeling.



  1. Add a data source: You must use data sources as the basis to operate datasets, worksheets, and dashboards, data portals, and others. For details about how to operate a data source, see Data sources management overview.
  2. Create a dataset:
    • Create a dataset using a table in a data source: You can create a dataset-based data chart. For details about how to operate a dataset, see Datasets management overview.
    • Create a dataset using uploading a CSV file: You can use a locally uploaded CSV file to create a dataset. This function is only available for personal workspace. For details about how to operate a CSV file, see Upload local files.
    • Create a dataset using a custom SQL statement: You can use a custom SQL statement on MaxCompute to create a dataset. For details about how to operate a custom SQL statement, see SQL overview.