Google Fusion Table

Data visualising tools on maps
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Category:
Productivity
Started:
2009
BUSINESS FAILURE
Cause:
No Market Need
Closed:
2019

Description

Fusion Tables was a Google Drive service used for visualizing large amounts of data, especially on a map. It started as a research project in Google Labs in 2009 and later grew into one of the few free tools of its kind. It became wildly popular with data journalists.

It worked by compiling data from different tables and presenting it in a joined visualization. The new version would update itself whenever the users entered new data in the original tables.

Google Fusion Table

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Cause of Failure

In their announcement, Google informed users that Fusion Tables wouldn’t be available after December 3, 2019. They planned on focusing time and resources on several other alternatives, which were “providing deeper experiences in more specialized domains.” Furthermore, people were advised that maps using the tool in Maps JavaScript API v3.37 would start showing errors after August.

Fusion Tables was an easy solution for people who needed to express and track lots of location-related data but weren't skilled with complicated mapping software. It was widely used by private individuals, government departments, news agencies, etc. The shut-down of the service forced them to seek new ways of storing and sharing their sizable archives. 

Fortunately, there are free alternatives to Fusion Table’s mapping features, such as MapServer, PostGIS, and GeoServer

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