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Google Public Data

August 08, 2012
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.
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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. 
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The visualization tool provides multiple chart options for ways to visually present and interpret the data.
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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!