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Nobody wants to look at an Excel spreadsheet to try to figure out the trends. Not to mention, in the age of Google docs and our Facebook sharing nature, collaborating with people on big data sets isn’t that easy to do.
That’s the idea behind Google Fusion Tables, a cloud-based data management system that was launched in June 2009. It was originally designed for organizations who wanted to make their data available online, so companies could share their data internally or externally. Users upload their data files in various formats such as a spreadsheet or Comma Separated Values and can upload data sets up to 100MB.