Encyclopedia of GIS

2017 Edition
| Editors: Shashi Shekhar, Hui Xiong, Xun Zhou

Google Fusion Tables

  • Sreeram Balakrishnan
  • Karen Jacqmin-Adams
  • Hongrae Lee
  • Rod McChesney
  • Rebecca Shapley
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17885-1_1560

Synonyms

 FT;  Fusion tables;  GFT

Definition

Google Fusion Tables (GFT) is a web-based tool for managing, visualizing, sharing, and publishing structured data. Users can create tables from CSV, KML, or spreadsheet files, as well as directly from Google Sheets. Data can be textual, numeric, or geographic for maps such as coordinates, polygons, or addresses (these are geocoded within the application). Users can join a table with their own or other tables based on shared values. The joined table enforces access permissions appropriately and maintains a live link to propagate changes and corrections made to the underlying tables immediately. As a key use case, users can easily fuse their own attribute data with polygons in publicly shared tables (such as country boundaries or electoral district boundaries) to create live-updating thematic maps. APIs for mapping and data management are also supported.

Historical Background

GFT was launched in June 2009 (Halevy and Shapley 2009) as a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sreeram Balakrishnan
    • 1
  • Karen Jacqmin-Adams
    • 1
  • Hongrae Lee
    • 1
  • Rod McChesney
    • 1
  • Rebecca Shapley
    • 1
  1. 1.Google Inc.Mountain ViewUSA