Google Public Data Explorer

Google Public Data Explorer


Which jobs are paying
the highest salaries in my country? Where should I send
my kids to school? How are the population and
unemployment rates changing in my community? This year alone, over 800,000
petabytes of digital data will be generated around the world. Understanding data is important
for developing new solutions to the difficult
challenges we face around the world. This is why Google created the
Public Data Explorer, which includes high quality data sets
from providers like the World Bank, Eurostat, OECD,
International Monetary Fund, and the US Census Bureau. Using a rich collection of
interactive visualizations, you can explore these data
sets and get a better understanding of your local
community, your country, and the world as a whole. For instance, here’s some data
from the International Futures project at the University
of Denver. Each bubble in the chart
represents a single country with lifespan on the y-axis and fertility rate on the x-axis. By playing the chart over time,
you can see that over the coming decades people in
most countries of the world are projected to have
increasingly longer lives and increasingly fewer children. Now you can publish your own
data in the tool, bringing it to life with interactive
visualizations and making it available for others to
explore and share. First, describe your data set
using the data set publishing language, DSPL, an open data and
metadata format optimized for visualization. Next, bundle your data and
metadata into a single zip file and upload it. Finally, preview
your data set. And once you’re ready,
publish it. Once published, your date set
can be added to the Google public data directory and also
embedded on you website, increasing the visibility of
your data and allowing users to interact with
it in new ways. Bring your data to life with
the Public Data Explorer powered by Google.

68 thoughts on “Google Public Data Explorer

  1. fuck sake ive just taken my geography exam, but anyways google is the best buisness in my books, its got the right idea

  2. Very cool tool, but this way of presenting data is obviously inspired by Hans Rosling's famous TED talk (search for Hans Rosling: No more boring data: TEDTalks here on YouTube). Would have been nice to give him some credit.

  3. Great idea? Google's idea? Really?
    .
    2007, /watch?v=hVimVzgtD6w
    GAPMINDER {DOT} ORG
    .
    Google buys companies with ideas. And you think that it's to your profit…

  4. @WithOrWithoutScope Actually, it's not google's idea entirely 🙂 Search for "Hans Rosling TED Talks" and you'll see where it started. However I think his sons that developed the software were later hired by google.

  5. color me old, but i can't help but think how great it must be to be a high school student with ways to explore the world like this. nice.

  6. It's just a shame that everybody can publish any rubbish statistics without veryfication. That makes this a highly unrelyable source for scientific studies!

  7. @rpsxnu And I'm not being a downer, but a huge fact remains, that a large portion of the youth of today (I'm talking 12-17, in America) don't really give a shit. Most are more concerned with other things. I'm trying my hardest to not be biased lol…I live in America, and am American.

    However, I for one, completely feel the same way. It's almost too much….world of knowledge at your fingertips hovering over your keyboard at the google search screen. It's actually quite frightening.

  8. i havent really tried it yet, but i guess gaminder.org has still the best metrics yet! thanks for another awesome product woohooo

  9. @WithOrWithoutScope It was Hans Roslings friend (or son?) that came up with this. However, google has done a great job with it since.

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