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 '17 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 '17 at 12:36
  • Voted to reopen. This question in its current form would not be accepted on Stack Overflow. – Jan Doggen May 15 '17 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 '17 at 14:38
  • Not being accepted on Stack Overflow doesn't necessarily mean it's meant to be here. I think what is confusing about this question on this site is that it comes from OpenFDA, which lists this site as the support forum. If I re-open, then the accepted answer should be "Yes" with a link to community.tableau.com/community/developers/web-data-connectors – philshem May 15 '17 at 16:06

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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