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I came across this very cool tool (hat tip: Flowing Data) that allows you to sift through public data easily.
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 . . .
Adding search power to public data
Googleblog, 4/28/2009 12:17:00 PM
Google Unveils New Tool To Dig for Public Data
Washington Post, April 29, 2009
Google Adds Search to Public Data
Flowing Data, April 28, 2009
This should be the last of it! The upgrade to WP2.7 seems to have caused a few problems, and they are now (mostly) resolved. The following glitches have been repaired: MacroNotes – is working! Look for automatic updates throughout the day. Email This — has returned. « Older Entries — is functioning again Anything else…Read More
You will note a few things are still in SNAFU mode: The “<< Older Entries” link / text at the bottom of The Big Picture page doesn’t work. The address shows successive page numbers but the same stories are listed over and over again. There is no link to email to someone a post. Some…Read More
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Hmmmm: Sun Microsystems Inc. surged the most ever in German trading after the Wall Street Journal reported International Business Machines Corp. is in talks to buy the company for at least $6.5 billion. Sun Microsystems jumped as much as 61 percent to 6 euros in Frankfurt trading. The offer would value Sun’s stock at more…Read More
THIS IS AN AMAZING ANIMATION
While several amateur animations are available on YouTube, these were made in flight simulators or Google Earth. You won’t find a better, more realistic, more compelling, or more accurate depiction of this extraordinary event anywhere else on the net.
US Airways flight 1549 made an emergency crash-landing into the Hudson River on Thursday, January 15, 2009. All 155 people on board were brought to safety. The miraculous landing took place after the plane struck at least one bird upon takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
Watch the video to see for yourself what really happened: the take-off, flight-path and – crucially – the landing and rescue of passengers.
The event has been accurately reconstructed by Scene Systems Inc., 3D Legal Animators based in California, USA. Scene Systems turns complex scene data and expert testimony into powerful 3D animation that helps legal professionals prove their case in court.
The animation was produced at very short notice, immediately after the real-life event. This included data sourcing, analysis, modelling, animation, rendering and post-production. This was made possible due to our unique forensic animation engine capable of extremely efficient, high-quality animation production.