What Google Says:
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.
Source: Google Public Data Explorer
Why You Should Use It:
Google Public Data Explorer makes visualizing data from public sources easy – and it also offers you to load your own data to create your own visualization. Visualizations can be exported or shared.
Data downloads, however, are not supported. You’ll need to get the raw data direct from the supplier.
Google uses the Trendalyzer technology in the Public Data Explorer, that it acquired from the Gapminder Foundation in 2007. This technology is also used in the Motion Chart gadget in Google Docs and the Visualization API.
Here’s a short Slideshare presentation on how to use Google Public Data Explorer:
http://www.slideshare.net Mon Sep 26 06:55:09 -0500 2011
Forskartorget, Gothenburg Book Fair, Sunday 25 September 2011, Alf Fyhrlund, firstname.lastname@example.org, Organizer: Stockholm University
Watch the Google Public Data Explorer intro on YouTube: