13 March 2010

Google launches tool for searching public data

Google is building on its partnership with the World Bank and other statistics gatherers to present an array of data in visual form, Google Public Data Explorer. The site takes public data regarding schools, population, crime, and even names to construct charts and graphs that help illustrate trends. Google is also releasing a list of the top search terms that can be answered with public data, based on the analysis of anonymized search data. School comparisons and unemployment topped the list of the most frequent queries, followed by population, sales tax, and salaries. See also Statistics for a changing Europe: Google Public Data Explorer in Labs (Google European Public Policy Blog).