Launched in 2009 under Google Labs, Fusion Tables is a tool used by data scientists and other researches to visualize large datasets. Google today announced that its web-based visualization service is shutting down next December.
Starting as a research project, Google Fusion Tables later became an experimental product for data visualization on the web. Users could collate together large data sets with hundreds of thousands of rows and then chart them via a map, network graph, or other custom layout. Information could be combined from multiple sources, including public datasets.
Like other Google Drive applications, users could collaborate, with sharing options including embedding into a site. Meanwhile, a Fusion Tables API allowed more developer access to data.
For a long time, it was one of the few free tools for easily visualizing large datasets, especially on a map. Since then, Google has developed several alternatives, providing deeper experiences in more specialized domains.
After a decade, Google Fusion Tables will shutdown on December 3, 2019. Google notes a list of alternatives, with this deprecation aimed at “focusing [its] efforts” on the other existing products.
Google cites BigQuery, Cloud SQL, Sheets, and Data Studio as possible replacements, while teasing that it’s planning on opening up other internal tools for creating visualizations to the public.
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