Google Fusion Tables

Google has recently published a Pre-Alpha version of one of the newest Google Labs projects called Google Fusion Tables. Fusion Tables provide the abillity to visualize tabular data in various ways. Similarity to Many Eyes or the NY Times Visualization Lab are obvious, let’s see how Google makes a difference.

Fusion Tables use the Google Visualization API to create the visualizations. The currently available methods are Map, Intensity map, Line, Bar, Pie, Scatterplot, Motion and Timeline visualizations. The graphs provide rudimental interactivity like a basic tooltip for detailled information about markers. Many Eyes has a much broader catalog of visualization methods mostly created with Flash / Flex with a more extensive interaction model. Like IBM’s ManyEyes.com Google Fusion Tables provide an embeddable code to each visualization to take the graph with you.

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Google focuses more on the data side of things with Fusion Charts. A user can import and export any dataset as a csv files. The data tables can be edited, merged, filtered aggregated and shared with collaborators. Collaborators can even discuss on rows, columns and cells with a built in commenting system. Nathan from FlowingData.com places the tool between Google Spreadsheets and phpMyAdmin in his review of Fusion tables.

Fusion Tables is in a very early alpha phase and therefore we can’t really make a statement about the usefulness of the visualizations at this point.  We’re very keen to hear your thoughts about the service in the comments.

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  • http://www.capital-punishment.us/ Saqib Ali

    It is good to see that Google is finally entering the Data Visualization and Infographics space with Google Fusion. IBM offers Many Eyes which can create amazing Visualizations, however Many Eyes lacks the ability to edit the data set once it is uploaded.

    Question:
    I am looking for a online (web-based) tool that can create visualizations from live data (RSS or HTML Table). I think dabbledb can consume live data, however the selection of graphs at dabbledb is extremely limited. :(

    Any thoughts?

  • http://www.capital-punishment.us Saqib Ali

    It is good to see that Google is finally entering the Data Visualization and Infographics space with Google Fusion. IBM offers Many Eyes which can create amazing Visualizations, however Many Eyes lacks the ability to edit the data set once it is uploaded.

    Question:
    I am looking for a online (web-based) tool that can create visualizations from live data (RSS or HTML Table). I think dabbledb can consume live data, however the selection of graphs at dabbledb is extremely limited. :(

    Any thoughts?

  • http://www.artillery.ch/ Wiederkehr

    @Saqid Ali: I agree that the missing editing capabilities in Many Eyes are somewhat limiting. Actually I haven’t come across any online visualization tool tht works from live data (beside custom-made applets). I recommend going through the webapps collected by Nathan on the Guardian Data Blog. Hopefully you’ll find something useful there and if so, please share your findings.

  • http://artillery.ch Benjamin Wiederkehr

    @Saqid Ali: I agree that the missing editing capabilities in Many Eyes are somewhat limiting. Actually I haven’t come across any online visualization tool tht works from live data (beside custom-made applets). I recommend going through the webapps collected by Nathan on the Guardian Data Blog. Hopefully you’ll find something useful there and if so, please share your findings.

  • http://www.capital-punishment.us/ Saqib Ali

    Hi,

    I went through Nathan’s blogpost. Didn’t find anything useful. I even posted on Flowing Data’s forums . But haven’t received any useful responses yet. :(

    Thanks
    Saqib

  • http://www.capital-punishment.us Saqib Ali

    Hi,

    I went through Nathan’s blogpost. Didn’t find anything useful. I even posted on Flowing Data’s forums . But haven’t received any useful responses yet. :(

    Thanks
    Saqib

  • http://www.capital-punishment.us/ Saqib Ali

    Scott of http://brokekid.net/ recommended Many Eyes Wikified. I tried it out. It is amazing. I was able to take a live feed and create visualizations.

    Note: It appears Wikified Many Eyes can’t handle data with lot of columns. But that is not a problem. I can setup the data feed such that only relevant columns are generated.

  • http://www.capital-punishment.us Saqib Ali

    Scott of http://brokekid.net/ recommended Many Eyes Wikified. I tried it out. It is amazing. I was able to take a live feed and create visualizations.

    Note: It appears Wikified Many Eyes can’t handle data with lot of columns. But that is not a problem. I can setup the data feed such that only relevant columns are generated.