Data Geeks Rejoice at Google Public Data Explorer

March 9, 2010

3:43 pm

This is a good week to be a fan of data. The Economist devoted a issue full to data, stating that:

“In recent years Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, and SAP between them have spent more than $15 billion on buying software firms specialising in data management and analytics. This industry is estimated to be worth more than $100 billion and growing at almost 10% a year, roughly twice as fast as the software business as a whole.”

Google joined the game today by releasing the  Google Public Data Explorer in Labs, an experimental product designed to help people comprehend data and statistics through rich visualizations. Last April, Google had made searching public databases easier, allowing users to choose how to compare data. For example, you can compare data about two states using information published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Division.

Today’s release of Google Public Data Explorer in Labs adds data from the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the California Department of Education, Eurostat, the U.S. Center for Disease Control, and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Here are some search topics suggested by Google:

1. School comparisons
2. Unemployment
3. Population
4. Sales tax
5. Salaries
6. Exchange rates
7. Crime statistics
8. Health statistics (health conditions)
9. Disaster statistics
10. Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
11. Last names
12. Poverty
13. Oil price
14. Minimum wage
15. Consumer price index, inflation
16. Mortality
17. Cost of living
18. Election results
19. First names
20. Accidents, traffic violations

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Shashi Bellamkonda is the Chief Marketing Officer at Surefire Social. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Shashi is passionate about helping startups and small business and has been recognized twice as one of the Top 100 Tech Titans by the Washingtonian and Top 100 Small Business Influencer Champion 2011 by Small Business Trends. Follow him on Twitter @shashib.

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