As a prerequisite, you should have a google account. If not, go to https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?hl=da&continue=https://www.google.dk/ and create your account.

If you have registered your account and logged in, you can get access to your Google Drive, by using the menu at the top of the page, which should look lige this:Image

There you can download Google Drive for Pc, which will make matters easier for you in the long run.

Now we want to use Google Fusion Tables to create a very simple dataset and a map.

You can find Fusion Tables here: http://www.google.com/drive/start/apps.html#fusiontables

If you’re using the Chrome browser, you can also install the corresponding app.

Click on “Create a new table” and you will see a screen similar to this.Image

I already entered some keywords i want to look for. Currently i am interested in how games sell in different countries, so i look for “game sales per country” and hit the search button.

Fusion tables tries to find tables it understands, and the first result is to my liking.Image

You can tell Fusion Tables to import the tables it finds. This will save the table in your Google Drive folder and sync the file to your computer ( if you have Google Drive for PC installed ).

In the Online view of Drive, the file shows up:Image

And you now have the possibility to open the file in Google Tables. Depending on when you read this blog post, there may be a notification to use the new Look or View to the right. Click that too. This will take you to the Fusion Table view of the data we just imported.Image

Google fusion tables automatically recognizes the “Countries” column, so just click on “Map of Countries” and it will generate a simple map, showing the datapoints.Image

We are now on track, to learn more about data-gathering and visualization.

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  1. csitkursus says:

    Writing this blogpost took about 45 minutes.
    This includes taking pictures and going through the steps., but not installing drive and fusion apps.

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