Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Data visualization using Google Spreadsheets, Yahoo Pipes and Google Maps

OK, so this isn't a Tivoli-related post, but since a big part of what we all want to do is visualize data, I thought that this post that I found through was an exellent description of how to use several free web-based utilities to gather and display data. Here's the link:

Here is the author's summary:

So to recap, we have scraped some data from a wikipedia page into a Google spreadsheet using the =importHTML formula, published a handful of rows from the table as CSV, consumed the CSV in a Yahoo pipe and created a geocoded KML feed from it, and then displayed it in a Yahoo map.

I haven't come up with an implementation that gathers Tivoli data, but I can think of one:

The main thing you would need is to get HTML that can be consumed by Google Spreadsheets. One way to do this would be with a JSP (on WAS) or PHP (on IBM HTTP Server) or other server-side language that makes SOAP or direct database calls to retrieve data from TDW and display it in HTML. Once you have that, you could then follow the steps in the article to viualize the data.

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