Filed under: Data, Visualisation | Tags: Google Data Management, Google Fusion Tables
Database systems are notorious for being hard to use.
It is even more difficult to integrate data from multiple sources and collaborate on large data sets with people outside your organization.
Without an easy way to offer all the collaborators access to the same server, data sets get copied, emailed and ftp’d–resulting in multiple versions that get out of sync very quickly.
It draws on the expertise of folks within Google Research who have been studying collaboration, data integration, and user requirements from a variety of domains.
Fusion Tables is not a traditional database system focusing on complicated SQL queries and transaction processing.
Instead, the focus is on fusing data management and collaboration: merging multiple data sources, discussion of the data, querying, visualisation, and Web publishing.
They plan to iteratively add new features to the systems as they get feedback from users.
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