Google launches Google Public Data Explorer

Interested and fascinated about statistics? Google has now launched their Public Data Explorer in Google labs. The numbers are easily accessible and the animation of tables makes it fun to watch and see how the world has changed. In the official Google blog, they write that they have noticed how interested people are in statistics and comparisons. They have also published a list of the 80 most popular data and statistics search topics, which can be found in the blog post.

Easy accessible statistics are really useful, especially for us as students and since they can be visualized it makes it even more fun and interesting. Take a look yourself!


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2 Responses to Google launches Google Public Data Explorer

  1. Christian Gruber says:

    An interesting and definitively fun tool to play around. But about the usefullness, especially for students, I am not quite sure. Through all this easy access, the nice graphs and “just-push-one-button-results”, users might tend even more to forget to question statistics. It fosters the impression of easily accessible, nicely prepared and thus true data. And as we all know the value and information of statistics can seldomly be seen without the surrounding factors and methods the statistic was created with. But definitively a nice gadget to play around with.

  2. Lisa Enckell says:

    I can definitely see your point, in this case however, it is easy to see where the data is gathered from, the sources is stated for every subject, such as world bank, eurostat and OECD factbook. The sources are stated, but maybe these too can be questioned?

    From my point of view, I rather access something easy and accessible and I like that it is userfriendly, but I can understand the concern about not to question the statistics and that we will take it for true. I think it is important to always have critical eyes when looking at statistics, facts and information no matter if you do it online or offline. I have not used it that much yet, just taken a look at it and the benefit I find with the tool is that it gatheres data from different sources and makes it accessible. As student, we can go to one place instead of searching for information at many different web sites.

    But again good point and we should of course not use the tool if we cannot find it reliable enough. Right now it is the “lab” phase and we can all send in our comments and concerns to Google. Why not request them to provide all the numbers they base the charts on?

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