|Google Public Data Explorer Updated|
|A new Google Labs project merges two breakthroughs into one. Public Data Explorer brings together more than a dozen databases — health statistics, population numbers, employment figures — with a browser-based technology that lets researchers and presenters create charts that move. |
The Google Public Data Explorer makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand. You don't have to be a data expert to navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings.
More recently, we expanded this service to include information from the World Bank, such as population data for every region in the world. More and more public agencies, non-profits and other organizations are looking for ways to open up their data and expand global access to this kind of information. We want to help keep that momentum going, so today we're sharing a snapshot of some of the most popular public data search topics on Google. We're also launching the Google Public Data Explorer, an experimental visualization tool in Google Labs.
Next up, Google unveils "Private Data Recorder" which makes large datasets of private information easy to explore, visualize and communicate.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt: "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." ... "But if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines, including Google, do retain this information for some time. And [...] we're all subject, in the US, to the Patriot Act, and it is possible that that information could be made available to the authorities."
Private Data Recorder (beta):
As part of our commitment to organize the world's information, every Google search query and IP access to Google properties are now easy to explore, visualize and communicate and "share" with your "Friends." This enables you to easily narrow-down, by the millisecond what and who anyone anywhere in the world is accessing and looking for! That's not all! Our awesome new Google Toolbar even tracks access to sites not on Google properties! What's more, the more 'features' you enable on your Google Dashboard/Toolbar, the more you can "share" with the world.
We are excited to suggest a few "awesome" new possibilities:
IPs (minus last octect, yuck yuck) are now just a click away to show you your immediate neighborhood, who is planning a route on Google Maps to go where (down to which doorsign they clicked to zoom into StreetView). When they checked Gmail, read what kind of email (thanks to AdSense algorithms that parse the email-content for appropriate ad delivery) then searched for what particular merchandise and ended up at which particular Google Checkout destination to make the payment. You can then "mark" this activity and compare the subsequent activities of the same IP for any future day.
If, for some strange reason you don't wish Recorder enabled for your account, here's what our CEO has to say, "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."
It is the mis-placed credits or dis-credits that I am worried about the public data. Friend of mine is 102 years old according to 'public data'. I run, he does not, and he already 'outlived' me - I don't like this :-)
When the world is in the spotlight its no longer the criminals we need to worry about but the politics and authorities who control the data. Google has it, government has access and will act on it, who keeps the gov in check?
Life is all about checks and balances, this makes watching the watcher even more important imo.
The charts are actually quite useful, the recession ended between Jan and March of 2009 according to the unemployment and retail sales charts.