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Plug: Google Fusion Tables

April 2, 2011

Google Fusion Tables is a fairly new service many may not have heard of: it lets you manage large tabular datasets in the cloud, using Google’s infrastructure. You can then visualize that data in a variety of ways, including a Google Map. The coolest feature in my mind is the ability to geocode addresses to a map on the fly. There are lots of datasets out there that, rather than providing a mappable latitude and longitude, provide an address column (or street, city, state, &c., which is easily turned into an address column using the concatenate function of your favorite spreadsheet) – many of the datasets on DataSF are like this, as are many others.

Here’s Google Research’s official announcement:

And the product itself:


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