Power BI Connector for LinkedIn

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Creating the Data Source Name

This section describes how to edit the DSN configuration and then authenticate and connect to LinkedIn APIs.

Editing the DSN Configuration

You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to edit the DSN configuration. Note that the DSN is created during the installation process, as described in Installing the Connector.

Complete the following steps to edit the DSN configuration:

  1. Select Start > Search, and enter ODBC Data Sources in the Search box.
  2. Choose the version of the ODBC Administrator that corresponds to the bitness of your Power BI Desktop installation (32-bit or 64-bit).
  3. Click the System DSN tab.
  4. Select the system data source and click Configure.
  5. Edit the information on the Connection tab and click OK.

Connecting to LinkedIn

The LinkedIn CompanyId is a string of numbers, usually 6 to 9 digits long, that is unique to your company. You can find this ID in the URL of the search results page when you click on See All Jobs on your LinkedIn Page. The CompanyId is often required in queries for company data. While this may be set directly in the criteria of a query, the CompanyId may be set globally to avoid issues where the query is not so easily modified.

Authenticate via OAuth Authentication

OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with LinkedIn using the browser. The connector facilitates this in various ways as described below. You can connect without setting any connection properties for your user credentials.

When you connect, the connector opens the LinkedIn OAuth endpoint in your default browser. Log in and grant permissions to the connector. The connector then completes the OAuth process.

See Using OAuth Authentication for other OAuth authentication flows.

Next Step

See Getting Data for the next step, which is connecting to the data that you want to work with.

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