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Google Public Data Explorer Visualizes Your Data

Google Public Data Explorer Visualizes Your Data

From the official Google Blog item

Over the past two years, we’ve made public data easier to find, explore and understand in several ways, providing unemployment figures, population statistics and world development indicators in search results, and introducing the Public Data Explorer tool. Together with our data provider partners, we’ve curated 27 datasets including more than 300 data metrics. You can now use the Public Data Explorer to visualize everything from labor productivity (OECD) to Internet speed (Ookla) to gender balance in parliaments (UNECE) to government debt levels (IMF) to population density by municipality (Statistics Catalonia), with more data being added every week.***

Today, we’re opening the Public Data Explorer to your data. We’re making a new data format, the Dataset Publishing Language (DSPL), openly available, and providing an interface foranyone to upload their datasets. DSPL is an XML-based format designed from the ground up to support rich, interactive visualizations like those in the Public Data Explorer. The DSPL language and upload interface are available in Google Labs.

To upload a dataset, click on the “My Datasets” link on the left-hand side of the Public Data Explorer. Once imported, a dataset can be visualized, embedded in external websites, shared with others and published. If you’re an official provider, you can request that your datasets appear in the Public Data Explorer directory; please contact us to discuss this process.


With this new capability, we hope more datasets can come to life through Public Data Explorer visualisations and enable people to better understand the world around them and make more informed, data-driven decisions. Stay tuned for more datasets, visualization features and DSPL extensions in the future.

 

***Health related databases of note

Chan EH, et al. (2010) Global capacity for emerging infectious disease detection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Catalogue of selected WHO-confirmed outbreaks (as reported in “Disease Outbreak News”), 1996-2009. This tool is meant to provide a visualization of the dataset used in this publication from the HealthMap Project (Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, http://www.healthmap.org)
NCHHSTP powered by CDC WONDER
Sexually Transmitted Disease Morbidity Data from U.S. National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This dataset was prepared by Google based on data downloaded from CDC WONDER.
  • NCHS, OAE powered by CDC WONDER

    Counts and rates of death by underlying cause of death, age, race, sex, and year. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) National Vital Statistics System at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), powered by CDC WONDER. This dataset was prepared by Google based on data downloaded from CDC WONDER.

  • Cancer cases in the U.S.
CDC, NCI and NAACCR powered by CDC WONDER
Cancer cases by U.S. state, age group, gender and cancer site. Cancer statistics are produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), in collaboration with the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). This dataset was prepared by Google based on data downloaded from CDC WONDER.

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