# Getting started
Grafana is open source visualization and analytics software. It allows you to query, visualize, alert on, and explore your time series data no matter where it is stored. With the Cognite Data Source for Grafana you can use a Cognite Data Fusion (CDF) project as a data source in Grafana.
Getting started with the Cognite Data Source is simple:
Connect the Cognite Data Source to your CDF project.
If you already have an earlier version of the Cognite Data Source installed, make sure you upgrade it to the latest version.
Create a dashboard and select the time series you want to plot.
When you've learnt the basics, use custom queries and advanced features like filtering, aggregation, granularity, arithmetic operations, and functions to work with your time series and visualizations.