There's good news this morning for individuals with an interest in world events. Google's made it possible to search for World Bank Development Indicators in more languages, and integrated data from Eurostat for the first time ever.
A little background info: Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, was created in 1953. It collects information about all sorts of things, including unemployment rates, government debt, and broadband penetration, and makes the data available for free through a list of links on its site.
The thing is that Google's solution is more elegant.
All an interested person needs to do now is conduct a Google search in any of 34 languages. Google will present a data point and a small graph in its search results, which a person can click on if he or she wants to look at other years or compare different countries.
Accessing the World Bank info isn't any more complicated, and indeed, English speakers have been able to search for it since early November. Today, Google just made the process easier on folks who are familiar with 33 other languages.
Lots of students and more than a few data junkies should appreciate these moves. These changes show Google's getting better with foreign languages, too.