Google introduces its Public Data Explorer

Mar 09, 2010 by Lin Edwards report
Google introduces its Public Data Explorer

(PhysOrg.com) -- Google's latest release is an application that allows users to create their own interactive, animated graphs and charts using public data such as census data or government statistics on unemployment or mortality rates. The charts and graphs created can then be embedded into web pages

The application is called the Public Data Explorer, and is built on the visualization technology Google obtained in 2007 when it acquired Trendalyzer. The same technology powers Google’s Chart Tools, which can be used to easily add graphs and to web pages.

Google statistician Jürgen Schwärzler, said the Public Data Explorer allows users to “mash up” data using different kind of graphs, charts and maps. Once a chart is prepared it is dynamic, and changes can easily be made, such as altering the scale or highlighting entries. The application makes it simple to embed the chart on a web page or blog, or share it with friends. It cannot be downloaded or exported yet, but Google is working on options to allow both.

The Google Public Data Explorer website allows users to play with the application, to select the data set and create animated visualizations that change over time. A number of examples already created demonstrate how the tool works. They include fertility rates in selected regions of the world, increase in per capita income in various counties of California, and rising unemployment in the US.


Unemployment in the U.S.

The Public Data Explorer is an extension of Google’s aim to add visual data such as charts to searches. Early last year, charts originating from the US census and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics were added to relevant search results. Then in November indicators derived from the World Bank were added. The new application adds a further five sources: the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, Eurostat, the US Center for Disease Control, the California Department of Education, and the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).

The Public Data Explorer is at the experimental stage and was launched on March 8 in order for Google to gather feedback from users. A similar tool is already available for the Microsoft search engine, Bing.


This chart correlates life expectancy and number of children per woman for most economies of the world.

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More information: www.google.com/publicdata/home

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deatopmg
1 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2010
Looks like they stole the idea from gapminder but gapminder appears to be much more versatile and it's also free.
3432682
3 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2010
Google acquired Gapminder's technology. From the Gapminder website - About Gapminder:

"The initial activity was to continue development of the Trendalyzer software. This software unveils the beauty of statistical time series by converting boring numbers into enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics. The current version of Trendalyzer is available since March 2006 as Gapminder World, a web-service displaying time series of development statistics for all countries.

In March 2006 Google acquired Trendalyzer from the Gapminder Foundation and the team of developers who formerly worked for Gapminder has joined Google in California since April 2007. (History of Gapminder)"

Gapminder's best use is to see world economic growth, and put to rest Malthusian claims. This confirms the work of Julian Simon, Bjorn Lomborg, and Indur Goklany. Human history is the story astonishing, massive progress, based on freedom including free economies.
bottomlesssoul
not rated yet Mar 09, 2010
The human population stuff looks cool, it seems to be some type of thermodynamic cooling. It looks like our species is going through a few phase changes (in the thermodynamic and ironic sense).

I'd like to see Google do a graphical representation of Wikipedia. I'm sure there is some real value in a meta view like this of that amazing database.
EpicSystems
not rated yet Mar 10, 2010
I have the pleasure to brief on our Data Visualization software "Trend Compass".

TC is a new concept in viewing statistics and trends in an animated way by displaying 5 axis (X, Y, Time, Bubble size & Bubble color) instead of just the traditional X and Y axis. It could be used in analysis, research, presentation etc. In the banking sector, we have Deutsche Bank New York as our client.

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http://www.epicsy.../v2/flu/