Fusion Tables: a New Google Docs App

Aaron, a reader of this blog, spotted a new option in Google Docs: creating tables. It seems that Google Docs started to integrate with Fusion Tables, a little-known Google service that lets you manage large data sets.


I don’t see “table (beta)” in Google Docs, so this could be a slow rollout or just a limited experiment. Fusion Tables already has a Google+ interface:


“Google Fusion Tables is a modern data management and publishing web application that makes it easy to host, manage, collaborate on, visualize, and publish data tables online.” You can find some examples in the gallery. There are also many tutorials that help you create tables and turn them into maps.

{ Thanks, Aaron. }

Fusion Tables Will Be Available in Google Docs

Fusion Tables is an interesting service launched last year in Google Labs to help users manage large data sets. “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, visualization, and Web publishing,” explains Google.



Fusion Tables has graduated from Google Labs in September and it will become a Google Docs app. As you can see from the screenshot below, Google Docs includes fusion tables in the list of document types and there’s also an icon for fusion tables. Users can already import tables from Google Spreadsheets and sharing works just like in Google Docs.