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Comotion Dash Overview

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Here you will find information and examples on how to make the Comotion Dash work for you.

Comotion Dash at First Glance

  • One analytical data store for all your data.
  • Securely share insights with colleagues and customers.
  • Engage with large-scale data.
  • Build dashboards and visualisations.

Comotion Dash is an all-in-one platform that combines a scalable, cloud-based data storage solution with compact visualization capabilities.

Comotion Dash combines a scalable data lake with a visualisation toolset and includes built-in security and sharing capabilities.

Comotion Dash uses Presto SQL as its primary language which allows data scientists and more advanced data users to perform complex data queries and operations directly against the data lake.

These insights can then be easily visualized and integrated into dashboards or insight publications.

Traditionally, data solutions that could deal with sufficient scale required multiple components, each one of which requires support and implementation. Comotion Dash seeks to solve this problem by providing a single integrated platform that serves the needs of both advanced analytics, and insight consumers.

Traditional Data Architecture and Users

Comodash Solution and Users

User Roles and Permissions

Comotion Dash offers specific user roles with assigned permissions to allow user access as:

Data Admins

Admins can view and edit data tables, charts, and dashboards, even when they are not the owners.

  • Have access to all dashboards and data sets.
  • Can view and edit data table definitions and metadata, charts, and dashboards.
  • Can change the ownerships of tables and dashboards.
  • Can run queries directly on the whole underlying data model via SQL Lab.

Changing of Ownership

If you are an Admin and need to know how to change the ownership of a table or dashboard, you can access the pathway on this page.

Data Analysts

Analysts can create & edit data tables but cannot edit charts & dashboards or change ownership if they are not the owner.

  • Can create, edit and view dashboards, charts, and data table definitions and metadata.
  • Can view published dashboards and charts created by others
  • Can run queries directly on the whole underlying data model via SQL Lab.

Data Consumers

Consumers have "read-only" permission which allows them to view published Dashboards with Insights and Sandbox Tables.

Consumers can only view a list of dashboards that are based on insights tables to which they have been given access and engage with those dashboards.

Key Components

Comotion Dash consists of several components:

Data Model

The data model is the underlying data engine and store of data. This consists of four parts, which are called schemas:

Data Input

Data is loaded into Comotion Dash as UTF-8 CSV files and first stored inside Data Input. The files are directly queriable which is useful, particularly on larger data loads.


The data lake is the main repository for data that is imported into the dash. Every night Comotion Dash loads the new data from Data Input into the Lake where it is securely stored perpetually. The Lake is where data analysts can run large-scale queries and interrogate data sets.


Insights schema holds tables that analysts have prepared for use in visualisations. They are stored in a format that is optimised for dashboards. These insight tables are generated and updated daily with the latest data that was pushed into the Lake.


Sandbox is the ideal spot for Data Analysts to use SQL queries to create tables for temporary dashboards. These tables are used for experimentation and exploration purposes.

Charts and Dashboards

Comotion Dash enables visual data exploration, the building of rich dashboards based on Insights and Sandbox tables. You can select data to be displayed in either simple line charts or highly detailed geospatial charts.

The Comotion Dash frontend is based on Apache Superset

A modern data exploration and visualization platform. Designed to be fast, lightweight, intuitive, and includes options that make it easy for users of all skill sets to use.

Chart View

Dashboard View


SQL Lab is used by Analysts to query any data source, including the metadata database. It is also used to create tables. You can read more about it on this page

Data Ingestion API

The Data Ingestion API pushes data into Comotion Dash, where it is safely stored to access, use and analyze. You can read more about it here

Last update: June 10, 2021