November 12, 2009

Google Brings World Bank Data To Search Engine

Six months after the release of its public data feature, Google has added World Bank data to its Internet search results.

In April 2009, Google launched public data to its search services in an effort to allow users to find and compare data based on hard numbers.

In the initial launch, Google said it gathered the information from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census Bureau's Population Division. The company added that the launch was only the beginning.

On Wednesday, the company announced the next installment of the public data feature, which includes 17 "World Development Indicators" from information shared by the World Bank.

"With today's update, you can quickly access more data with a broad range of queries. Search should be intuitive, so we've done the work to think through queries where public data will be most relevant to you," Chung Wu, Software Engineer at Google, wrote in a post on the company's official blog.

Wu said users can try the new feature by entering queries such as [gdp of Indonesia], [co2 emissions of Iceland] or [internet users in the united states].

Each search will bring up a chart to show the percentages based on World Bank data.

Users can click on the search result to bring up an interactive chart that will allow users to compare figures from one country to another.

"We hope this new data and our new embedding feature will help facilitate quick and easy access to public statistics," wrote Wu. "There are still many other data sets and sources out there, and we're excited about the possibilities for the future."


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