Lessons from a Google Fusion Table Graph

Digital Humanities
Armed with new and improved service record data, last night I set out to create a new network graph in Gephi, to see whether just new data would help to mitigate some of last time's problems. To be frank, Gephi beat me. My graph is so small, and my screen is so small, and the zoom function in the graph window is so bad (at least, I couldn't figure it out) that I couldn't really see my graph in order to draw any conclusions. All my data imported correctly, though, so I knew there was hope. I turned instead to Google Fusion Tables, an experimental data visualization app from Google. Unfortunately, it appears that the data tables work completely differently from Gephi's, so I did have to do some reformatting.…
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