Is there a way to connect a Tableau Web Data Connector to the data on the OpenFDA API?

  • tableau doesn't use open data.
    – albert
    May 12, 2017 at 20:23
  • tableau can use open data via web data connectors, which are maintained by the community. I'll re-write the question to be more clear.
    – philshem
    May 15, 2017 at 12:36
  • Voted to reopen. This question in its current form would not be accepted on Stack Overflow.
    – user4293
    May 15, 2017 at 13:18
  • i don't see how the reworded question fits here. community maintenance does not mean the format is open, reusable, etc.
    – albert
    May 15, 2017 at 14:38

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Yes, you can write a custom web data connector that Tableau then uses to "scrape" any webpage or webservice (API)

With the Web Data Connector SDK, you can unlock a world of data that's available over the web. In addition to using the dozens of data connectors that are already available in Tableau, you can now create your own web data connector (WDC) that reads data from virtually any site that publishes data in JSON, XML, or HTML.

There are some official connectors, and the community maintains unofficial ones.

So far there is no public OpenFDA connector, but you can write your own.

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