Retrieving an Opendatasoft dataset

Retrieving a dataset published with Opendatasoft is a core feature of the data network we are building. It is a good way to enrich your own data. It also provides others with a new way to discover and reuse your data.

It allows redistributing an open dataset from your domain (Opendatasoft instance) or another domain in full or in part. It is a way to collect external sources of data on your own domain.

Selecting the dataset

To retrieve a dataset from your domain or another domain, you need to select it.

  1. In Catalog > Datasets, click on the New dataset button.

  2. In the wizard that opens, select the desired option under the Retrieve a dataset published with Opendatasoft section:

    • Select Opendatasoft network to get a list of all public datasets published on all Opendatasoft domains.

    • Select My catalog to get a list list of all datasets published on the current domain and its subdomains.

  3. Select the desired dataset from the list.

  4. From the preview of the first 20 records that opens, you can filter data from the selected source dataset.

  5. Configure the dataset information or use the pre-filled values:

    • In the Dataset name field, enter the title for this dataset.

    • In the Dataset technical identifier field, enter a meaningful identifier for this dataset.

    • If you want anyone with access to your domain to be able to explore the dataset, toggle off Access restricted to allowed users and groups.

Once created, the dataset appears in the back office, except that there is no Processing tab.



When retrieving an Opendatasoft dataset, the data is not duplicated. This means you cannot transform it.

Overriding metadata and visualizations

When retrieving an Opendatasoft dataset, you can only override the metadata and visualization configuration.

  1. If you want to override the title, click Override next to the title and enter the desired title.

  2. If you want to override other metadata, go to the Information tab of the edition interface, click Override and enter the desired value.

  3. If you want to override visualizations, go to the Visualizations tab of the edition interface, click Override and edit the desired visualization configuration.

After editing, you can restore the original value from the source dataset by clicking Return to original value.


Retrieving an Opendatasoft dataset does not duplicate the data. Only the metadata and visualizations are duplicated; hence they can be overridden. There are two reasons for that:

  • It is then possible to redistribute data without impacting the size of the data defined in the contract.

  • When the data changes, the federated dataset is always up to date.

Federation schema


Currently, the metadata of federated datasets are updated every day. Other modifications on the original dataset, such as visualization configurations or the dataset schema, will not trigger an automatic update. You need to unpublish and republish the federated dataset for the latest modifications to be visible.