Adding data to a project

After you create a project, the next step is to add data to the project.

Assets can have duplicate names, however, you can’t add the same asset multiple times with the same name.

You can add these types of data assets to projects:

Add local files

You can load files from your local system. Load CSV, delimited text files, Excel, or SAV files for SPSS Modeler or Data Refinery. Load the data files that you want to work with in your notebooks. The files are stored in the project’s directory.

To add data files to a project:

  1. From your project’s Assets page, click Add to project > Data or click the Find and add data icon (Shows the find data icon.).
  2. In the Load pane that opens, browse for the files or drag them onto the pane. You must stay on the page until the load is complete. You can cancel an ongoing load process if you want to stop loading a file.

The files are listed as data assets on the Assets page of your project.


Click the data asset name to preview the data. You can remove the data asset by choosing the Remove option from the action menu next to the asset name. Choose the Refine option to refine the data with Data Refinery.

You can link to files on your local system. Unlike loading a file, the file is only referenced via a directory path. Linking to a file saves disk space and you can link to the same file from multiple projects.

Link to delimited text, CSV, SAV, or Excel files for SPSS Modeler or Data Refinery. Link to the data files that you want to work with in your notebooks.

To link data files to a project:

  1. From your project’s Assets page, click Add to project > Link to file.
  2. Select one or more files on your local system.

The files are listed as data assets on the Assets page of your project. Click the data asset name to preview the data. You can remove the link by choosing the Remove option from the action menu next to the asset name. Choose the Refine option to refine the data with Data Refinery.

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