Google Public Data Explorer

by | Mar 10, 2010

Another fantastic data visualization tool has been released by Google.  The Google Public Data Explorer (currently in labs) makes large publicly available datasets available for exploration, visualization, and communication.

Visualizations of public data can be explored, linked to, or embedded on a web page.

Note the ability to animate data over time as seen in the figures below.

In addition to visualizing data in a map format you can also mash up data using line graphs, bar graphs, and bubble charts.  As I mentioned visualizations can display data over time, but you can also change topics, highlight different entries and change the scale.  Once you have created the chart you can share the results by embedding on your website or blog.

Data source include the World Bank, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development, California Dept. of Education, Eurostat, U.S. Center for Disease Control, and the U.S. bureau of Economic Analysis.


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Eric is the founder and owner of GeoSpatial Training Services ( and has over 25 years of experience implementing and teaching GIS solutions using ESRI, Google Earth/Maps, Open Source technology. Currently Eric focuses on ArcGIS scripting with Python, and the development of custom ArcGIS Server web and mobile applications using JavaScript. Eric is the author of Programming ArcGIS with Python Cookbook - 1st and 2nd Edition, Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript, Spatial Analytics with ArcGIS, and ArcGIS Blueprints. Eric has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Texas A&M University and a Master's of Applied Geography degree with a concentration in GIS from Texas State University.

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