Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New from Google: Fusion Tables

I’m rather excited about this new (in beta) tool from Google.

Fusion Tables allow you to visualize large sets of data in a variety of ways including interactive maps, charts, etc.

Here’s an example showing ‘Cholera Cases and Deaths, 2000-2008’, focused on Africa, with data coming from this spreadsheet.

The source data looks like this:

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Here’s how I customized the view:

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You can choose other ways to visualize the data as well.

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There seems to be a lot of potential for embeddable gadgets with data coming from an updateable Google doc. Very neat!

Read more about Fusion Charts on the Google Operating System (unofficial) blog here.

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