Google Fusion Tables

By David Frank

Google Fusion Tables, another new application from Google Labs, is a data management tool that makes it easy to host, manage, visualize, and publish your data online.  Users can upload their data in spreadsheet or CSV format, visualize it immediately in either map or chart form, and then publish the result by embedding it in a website, blog, or email.

Google Fusion’s map and table-making tools are both easy to use and customizable enough to create a visual that tells the story within your data.  Once your map or chart is published, users can view and even apply filters or search the data without downloading any files.  Additionally, Google Fusion’s charts and maps will always display the most current version of your data and automatically update whenever you add to your dataset.

Google Fusion is also a data repository and a community of researchers, with tools that allow users to merge and share data or collaborate with like-minded individuals doing similar work.  To see how Google Fusion could benefit your research, check it out at: Google Fusion Tables.

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Author: Jessica Speer

As the Research Specialist at SSRC, Jessica edits re/search, consults with faculty, and conducts SSRC research projects. She is interested in questions of information management, preservation, communication, and dissemination.

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