Data sources represent the platforms used to install Tealium to collect data for the Universal Data Hub (UDH). This article describes how data sources work, how to add them to your account using the interactive wizard, and where to use the data sources within the UDH.
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A data source is any system that sends data to the UDH. These systems include websites, native mobile applications, or any custom application that contains visitor event data to be collected. In UDH, these system are presented as data sources. Data sources are platform-specific and provide the necessary code and instructions to complete an installation.
Examples of the types of data sources available include:
Some data sources may have settings related to the specific platform of the installation.
Data sources are used to easily identify and keep track of your applications that send data to Tealium. Each time you install Tealium in a new application or website, you are prompted to create a corresponding data source in the UDH. When you create the corresponding data source, a unique value called a data source key is generated. The data source key is used in the code to match the installation to the data source in the UDH. Each data source has a name and description that indicates the platform where they are installed. Once a data source is created in the UDH and the code is installed with the data source key, you can use Live Events to easily identify events being sent from that data source. From Live Events, you can then fuel connectors with specific data sources to match events from their source origin to their intended destination.
Data sources can be used to install code and display live events, as follows:
Live EventsGetting event data from your data source installation to display in Live Events is the first step to a successful implementation. Once you have installed Tealium into your application and ensured the data source key is in place, data sources can be used in Live Events to verify that the UDH is receiving data properly. From Live Events, you can select a specific data source to filter the display to only show events from that data source.
To get started, ensure that you have access to the installation code of the targeted platform. For a website, you must have access to iQ Tag Management.
The task-driven interface makes it easy to add a new data source from a single screen. Simply select a platform, choose event specifications, and get the code for your webpage.
Use the following steps to add a data source:
Clicking Select All in filtered categories selects only the specifications that display.
Clicking Deselect All in filtered categories deselects the specifications in all categories.
In this step, you can edit your data source settings to add notes, labels, a custom logo URL, or a custom homepage URL to link to your homepage.
Use the following steps to edit the data source settings:
You can optionally hover over the logo to display a pencil icon over the logo and then click.
Logo file names must end with jpg, png, or gif.
All URLs must be valid, secure addresses prefaced with
To install the code for the data source, you will first need to connect your UDH profile to data source. You will need the data source key and links to the installation guides.
Use the following steps to connect your iQ profile to a new or existing data source:
After you enter the data source key, you can install the code for the data source. You will need the sample code snippet and links to the installation guides.
Use the following steps to install the code for the data source:
Once you have saved and published your UDH account with the new data source and installed the data source key in the relevant platform, you can verify the setup by viewing the live event stream.
Use the following steps to view live events and verify your data source:
If you are using iQ Tag Management, you technically already have a data source installed. If desired, you may still create a data source for the appropriate platform and then follow the guide to Data Sources for iQ.