Google Datasets Search - Searching Large Dataset Databases

Sep 6, 2018 - 7:26 am 1 by
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Yesterday, as everyone is reporting, Google launched what they call Google Dataset Search. A way to search datasets from environmental and social sciences, government, and ProPublica-style news organizations. The cool thing is this is all powered from the datasets schema that has been available for some time now.

Google Datasets Search

Here is an example of what Google returns here:

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Dare I say it? I was expecting more from Google with this, I do hope this is just the first step. Google did write "A search tool like this one is only as good as the metadata that data publishers are willing to provide. We hope to see many of you use the open standards to describe your data, enabling our users to find the data that they are looking for."

Google recently put something more consumer facing in the search results around datasets based on the datasets schema that was actually around since 2016 and now Google seems to be making a bigger push.

I'd love to see more answer based results here but for now, this is a very good start.

Here are some tweets about this:

To be fair, this does give people access to datasets they would not have known about prior - so an awesome first step.

Forum discussion at Twitter.


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