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2009 Nov ILRI Nairobi

2.5 hour training

Google Fusion Tables is a place to collaborate around data. It's also a powerful visualization tool.
VIDEO: Peter Gleick, Circle of Blue, and Alon Halevy, Google Fusion Tables' founder

Because it helps handle attribute data, it's a nice complement to geo work.

What we're going to cover today: 
  1. Embedding intensity maps
  2. Combining data tables, images, and export to KML
  3. "Fusion Mapper"... turn a spreadsheet with locations into a KML
  4. Community annotation of data sets
  5. Upcoming feature: KML import, polylines, polygons
  6. Filter, Aggregate, Visualize - why you'll love having your data in Fusion Tables
  7. Our API

5 minutes:
DEMO VIDEO:  Make intensity maps like in the Circle of Blue Waternews and embed them in Blogger

15 minutes:
DEMO and Hands-On Exercise
Make a simple, informative Google Earth or Maps KML about Africa's heads of government

30 minutes: 
Make a Map of thousands of locations that updates real-time in Google Earth 

10 minutes: 
Invite your community to help improve your data set. In our example, identify a correction to the Kenya Health Facility layer, and propose it. 


DEMO VIDEO: Upcoming feature: KML import, polylines, polygons

20 minutes:
  • See a Map and Pie Chart to explain how genetic barcodes have helped scientists in Costa Rica tease apart which species are present in their conservation area.
  • The Timeline visualization
  • The Motion Chart visualization
Remaining Time:
Hands-On: with your own data, try out Google Fusion Tables.