Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Got a database full of cool data you want to show on a map? It just got easier.
Google Fusion Tables is a place in the cloud for your data tables. Today we're announcing some new features that will let you upload and map large amounts of geographic data. This used to require a developer, but now you can do it yourself. You can also now hide and show different data depending on your own criteria.
Here's a great example. Tom and Dirk at MTBGuru.com have a database of bike trails their users have submitted from around the world. Each bike trail includes hundreds or thousands of geographic points.
In a blog post today, MTBGuru.com describes their experiences using Google Fusion Tables to show all 5000 trails on one map, embedded directly on the site.
Zoom into an area and the actual paths of the trails become visible. Play around with the interactive map below, which shows data from MTBGuru. For starters, we're zoomed in to Prague, and not only can you see the trails, but each line is clickable.
Too many trails? Want to find trails long enough for a heart-pounding workout? Filter for trails longer than 70 kilometers and show just those on the map. It renders in seconds.
To try this for yourself, go to Tom and Dirk's live map. You can also read the MTBGuru.com blog to hear from .
In addition to filtering, aggregating, mapping points, lines, or polygons, and exporting to Google Earth, with Google Fusion Tables you can integrate different data sources, collaborate with others on columns, rows, and cells, and visualize your data in lots of other ways. If you want to connect your database to the Fusion Table map programatically like MTBGuru.com did, check out our API.
We hope you enjoy your newfound freedom to map and filter large data sets, and we'll continue to let you know about more cool new mapping features in Google Fusion Tables as they become available.