Google Public Data
Written by Recent Biddle Intern Mark Popielarski.
We all know that Google provides access to a world of information through their regular search program. As students, you have probably used specialty search features such as Google Scholar and Books. However, did you know that Google offers a service specifically for searching and analyzing publicly available data sets?
Google Public Data provides access to datasets from over 76 domestic and international entities.
Users can explore the datasets and use them to create their own charts analyzing the data or explore the nearly 1,700 Metrics which analyze specific issues presented in the data.
The visualization tool provides multiple chart options for ways to visually present and interpret the data.
While the service does not yet allow users to export datasets, the site links to the different organizations’ websites where the datasets can be downloaded.
Google Public Data is a great tool for locating and analyzing statistical information. The company is continually enhancing the service so expect continued improvements to be forthcoming!