Google announced back in on June 9th, 2009 the beta release of Google Fusion Tables and recently has started to get a good amount of attention in the data community. On the release announcement both Alon Halevy and Rebecca Shapley said:
Today we’re introducing Google Fusion Tables on Labs, an experimental system for data management in the cloud. It draws on the expertise of folks within Google Research who have been studying collaboration, data integration, and user requirements from a variety of domains. Fusion Tables is not a traditional database system focusing on complicated SQL queries and transaction processing. Instead, the focus is on fusing data management and collaboration: merging multiple data sources, discussion of the data, querying, visualization, and Web publishing. We plan to iteratively add new features to the systems as we get feedback from users.
What’s now made it even better is that Google soon after released the Google Fusion Tables API for it. You can get a good tutorial at Davy’s Tech Blog and see a great video on the thinking behind Google Fusion Tables.
Using the Google Chart Tools, you can request data from Fusion Tables to use in visualizations or to display directly in an HTML page. Note: responses are limited to 500 rows of data.
Stay tuned for some examples and more coverage on how Google Fusion Tables are being used in the future.
Joshua is working to become a Data Scientist with focus on Analytics, Big Data, Machine Learning, and Statistics. His passion for Data and Information are second to none. He is a certified IBM Cognos Expert with more than 10 years experience in Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing, Analtyics, IT Management, Software Engineering and Supply Chain Performance Management with Fortune 500 companies. He has specializations in Analytics, Mobile Reporting, Performance Management, and Business Analysis.
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