On Feb 16, 2010, Google Public Data Explorer, an online tool that organizes public statistics and brings them to life with interactive exploration and visualizations was lauched. Today, Google has announced a completely revamped product featuring an updated look and feel, improved interaction modes, and a new visualization engine, revealed Benjamin Yolken, Product Manager, Google Public Data Team.
Benjamin explains that with the updated Google Public Data Explorer, you can now:
- Search across the data
Our most popular datasets have been accessible through Google Web Search for some time, and this will continue to be the case. Now, "you can also search within the product, across our extensive corpus of public statistics. This allows you to find data on issues such as global competitiveness, population density, or infant deaths. The search page also features a set of sample visualizations and stories, which highlight some of the topics covered by the product," informs Benjamin.
- Slice and dice with fewer clicks
"Once you've selected a dataset, the new exploration UI puts the data front and center. Want to plot "Fertility Rate" instead of "GDP"? Just make a single click in the list to the left of the chart. Interested in the unemployment rate for women as opposed to men? Just as easy. No more digging through pop-ups or settings menus," explained Benjamin.
- Access it on any device
Benjamin notes "Our new charts are built according to open web standards such as HTML5. As a result, they work across all common desktop, tablet, and smartphone configurations, without depending on third-party plugins. We expect the performance and functionality of the charts to improve over time as browser support for HTML5 matures."
You can try the new Google Public Data Explorer by visiting here.