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Mapping Data Made Easy

By the end of the Fusion Tables tutorial, you can create a useful population map of the Bay Area.

Wow. I’m loving Google more and more every day. It seems like they have a free service for just about anything you can imagine. Although I’ve heard about Google Fusion Tables before, I hadn’t really looked into it – until today.

First, I mapped a couple addresses and did simple things like change the color of the markers. Then, I went through this handy tutorial, which showed how to merge tables with publicly available data to create more powerful maps with polygons colored based on selected variables.

By the end of the day, I created a map of all the school districts in California. Next step, add metadata like district API scores.