I came across this very cool tool (hat tip: Flowing Data) that allows you to sift through public data easily.

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As an example, see what you can do with Unemployment rate throughout the US, broken down into fine granularity by county. The specifics of this particular search matter less than the thought of an aggressive build out of public data into the Google universe.

Here is what the official Google blog had to say about it:

“We just launched a new search feature that makes it easy to find and compare public data. So for example, when comparing Santa Clara county data to the national unemployment rate, it becomes clear not only that Santa Clara’s peak during 2002-2003 was really dramatic, but also that the recent increase is a bit more drastic than the national rate.

The data we’re including in this first launch represents just a small fraction of all the interesting public data available on the web. There are statistics for prices of cookies, CO2 emissions, asthma frequency, high school graduation rates, bakers’ salaries, number of wildfires, and the list goes on. Reliable information about these kinds of things exists thanks to the hard work of data collectors gathering countless survey forms, and of careful statisticians estimating meaningful indicators that make hidden patterns of the world visible to the eye. All the data we’ve used in this first launch are produced and published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Division. They did the hard work! We just made the data a bit easier to find and use.

Since Google’s acquisition of Trendalyzer two years ago, we have been working on creating a new service that make lots of data instantly available for intuitive, visual exploration. Today’s launch is a first step in that direction. We hope people will find this search feature helpful, whether it’s used in the classroom, the boardroom or around the kitchen table. We also hope that this will pave the way for public data to take a more central role in informed public conversations.

This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more.”

That is very very cool . . .

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Sources:
Adding search power to public data
Googleblog, 4/28/2009 12:17:00 PM

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/adding-search-power-to-public-data.html

Google Unveils New Tool To Dig for Public Data
Kim Hart
Washington Post, April 29, 2009

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/28/AR2009042802280.html

Google Adds Search to Public Data
Nathan
Flowing Data, April 28, 2009

http://flowingdata.com/2009/04/28/google-adds-search-to-public-data/

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5 Responses to “Cool Tool: Google Public Data Search”

  1. KJ Foehr says:

    Everyone and their dog now believes the recession has bottomed and recovery has begun. The stock market is partying like its 1999. The only bears left are David Tice and Roubini, and I’m not sure about him. Japan is up 4% on higher factory production, and corporate execs there are saying they are sure the worst is over.

    In short, something big appears to be happening in the global economy, and it has been happening for several weeks. Today’s news and market action appeared to convince even the last die-hard shorts that the bears are finished and the bulls are back in charge.

    We appear to already be beyond a flex point in the market and the economy; shouldn’t we be discussing that?

  2. johnbougearel says:

    This is great stuff, I could get addicted to it

  3. krbecarson says:

    wow! when you start clicking around it becomes clear that things are pretty bonkers all over… very eye opening stuff.

  4. @KJ – could be that we’ve turned the corner but you can’t tell that by the presence in the airport this morning. 3 customers in the US Air club. No lines anywhere. Hotel in NYC was empty last night.

    If business is getting done it must be in some sort of 2nd life, world of warcraft-style economy, because out here in the real world no one is buying.

    I make it a habit not to fight the trends in the market and right now the markets want to go higher despite fundamentals.

  5. CTB says:

    I saw on the news this morning that ‘internet brown-outs’ may occur in the next 2-4 years as demand of bandwidth exceeds supply. Well, it’s a good thing that Google has been quietly buying up dark fiber, to become one of the largest today. Soon enough, Google will become entrenched in every aspect of our lives. They may already be too big to fail.