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Visualizing Data on a Tile Dashboard

Last Modified: August 16, 2019

Create a dashboard comprised of tiles to visualize tag, test, system, or asset data gathered from your distributed systems.

  1. In NI SystemLink Web Application, click Dashboard Builder.
  2. Click Create New. You can also click Import to browse for an existing dashboard.
  3. Enter a name for the dashboard.
  4. Select Tile for the dashboard type.
  5. Click Create. The dashboard editor opens.
  6. Click New Tile and select the tile you want to use to visualize data.
    Refer to the following table to determine the type of tile you want to add.
    Goal Data you want to display Tile type
    Visualize numeric information about your systems, assets, tests, or measurements
    • Tags
    • Tests
    • Assets
    • Notebooks
    Visualize data proportionally from multiple source to display performance, test results, and utilization of your systems, assets, and tests
    • Tags
    • Tests
    • Assets
    Visualize data on a graph to review historical trends and results from Jupyter notebooks
    • Tags
    • Notebooks
    Visualize contextual information about your systems, assets, tests, and measurements
    • Tags
    • Static text
    Visualize the time an event took place, timestamps associated with your data, or the current time in any time zone
    • Tags
    • Current time
    Visualize the conditions or health of your systems, assets, or tests Tags Status
  7. On the Data tab, select the type of data you want to display on the tile. For example, if you want to display data from a Jupyter notebook on a graph tile, you would click Tags» Notebooks.
  8. Specify the data source you want to display on the tile. Refer to the following table to determine the steps you need to complete to select the data source.
    Type of data you selected Task(s)
    Tags Enter the name or path of the data source to search for it.

    If you do not know how the name starts, enter a keyword to search for the data and select it. For example, if you enter foo, the search automatically filters to show only data that contains "foo" somewhere in the name or path, such as,,


    The search is case sensitive.

    • Asset
    • Tests
    1. Select an existing query.
    2. Modify the existing query or create a new one.

      You cannot create new queries for assets.

    1. Select a notebook.
    2. Configure the parameters if you do not want to use the default values.
    3. Select a time interval for how often you want the notebook to execute and provide updated results.
  9. If you want to display additional data on the tile, click + and repeat steps 7-8 as many times as you need.

    Donut and graph tiles are the only tile types to which you can add multiple data sources. The additional data sources must be the same type of data source. Therefore, if you add a notebook to a graph tile, you can only add another notebook to the tile.

  10. On the Properties tab, configure how you want the tile to look. For example, if the data source automatically displays a unit property, you can disable the Units toggle if you do not want to display the unit property on the tile. Refer to Adding Properties to a Data Source to Display on a Dashboard Tile in this manual to learn more about the properties you can automatically display on a tile.
  11. Repeat steps 6-10 to add more tiles to the dashboard.
  12. At the top of the editor, click Panel Size and select the type of device on which you want monitor the dashboard.
  13. Disable the Edit toggle to view your dashboard.

    The dashboard editor automatically saves your dashboard whenever you make a change.

  14. To make more changes, enable the Edit toggle.

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