Last updated: December 11, 2018
Explore these Google tools
Fusion Tables was launched almost nine years ago as a research project in Google Labs, later evolving into an experimental product. For a long time, it was one of the few free tools for easily visualizing large datasets, especially on a map. Since then, several Google alternatives have been developed, providing deeper experiences in more specialized domains.
Google BigQuery – Fast, highly scalable, cost-effective, and fully managed cloud data warehouse for analytics, with built-in machine learning. With BigQuery GIS (beta), you can easily analyze and visualize geospatial data in BigQuery.
Google Cloud SQL – Fully-managed database service that makes it easy to set up, maintain, manage, and administer your relational MySQL and PostgreSQL databases in the cloud. See this example: Using MySQL and PHP with Google Maps.
Google Sheets – Your Fusion Tables can be imported into Google Sheets. Sheets provides excellent filtering and scripting features, and an API similar to that of Fusion Tables. In addition to its own charting/visualization functionality, Sheets may be used as a data source in visualization products like Google Data Studio.
Google Data Studio – Data Studio is Google’s free-to-use business intelligence tool. It lets you visualize and interactively explore data in compelling dashboards or reports, easily share and publish insights, and collaborate in real-time with colleagues. You can easily access and analyze data from 500+ sources including BigQuery and Sheets, with a GUI for producing map visualizations and charts.
Coming soon – Teams at Google have developed internal tools that can create powerful map visualizations. We are working to make some of these tools publicly available and will have more to share in the coming months—sign up to stay in touch.