Google has launched a new Google Labs experiment called Public Data Explorer. The product takes large datasets and gives them a visual interface with animated charts and maps.
"As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand," Google explains in the description. "You don’t have to be a data expert to navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings."
"Students, journalists, policy makers and everyone else can play with the tool to create visualizations of public data, link to them, or embed them in their own webpages," says Google. "Embedded charts and links can update automatically so you’re always sharing the latest available data."
The following slideshow walks you through how to use Public Data Explorer:
There are six interesting examples available on the product page for you to mess around with, and get a feel for how the Public Data Explorer works.
Like all other Google Labs experiments, the product is subject to bugs, as well as user feedback. The company says it is making it available now to get in contact with public data providers. As you’re probably aware, Google has this thing about organizing the world’s information.