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How to: Create Charts and Graphs with Google

November 19, 2009

By now, many of us have seen the impressive time-lapse charts created by the nonprofit folks over at Gapminder.org (if you haven’t, try this link).

What you may not know is that Google acquired the Gapminder technology in 2007 and released it as for all to use, now rebranded Motion Chart – available as a ‘gadget’ on your Google Docs account or, if you want to really take advantage of it through code, through the Google Visualization API.

Of course, most of us aren’t as fluent in code, but for those who are intrepid, a good baby step to using the more complex Visualization API is to start with the simpler sibling, Google Charts. 

Thankfully Wired magazine recently put up a wiki on how to use Google Charts that’s a good first step for anyone with free time & the desire to learn!

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