… we’ll stop posting about Google products when they stop making cool stuff. You don’t see us talking about Google + much, do you?
In a way Fusion Tables, picks up where Google Maps Engine leaves off. It lets users collect, link together and visualize data, and since it’s Google, you can use Google searches to find publicly available data and then, link your own data to that data, and finally create cool visualizations based on all of it, including map based visualizations:
And since this is a Google App that IT supports at St Olaf, Fusion Tables are accessible through your stolaf.edu Google account already– as part of Google Drive. This also means, of course, that you can publish, share, and collaborate on your work with anyone who has a Google account. Check the IT How-To Guides and Tutorials page in the coming months for a quick guide on getting started with Fusion Tables.
But, if you’re frantic to make your data pretty (and you should be!) you can check out Google’s tutorials right here, right now.