Google Public Data Explorer

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Google Public Data Explorer
Developer(s)Google Inc.
Initial release8 March 2010; 12 years ago (2010-03-08)
PlatformWeb platform
Available in40 languages[citation needed]
TypeCollaborative software, Data visualization

Google Public Data Explorer provides public data and forecasts from a range of international organizations and academic institutions including the World Bank, OECD, Eurostat and the University of Denver.[2][3] These can be displayed as line graphs, bar graphs, cross sectional plots or on maps.[4] The product was launched on March 8, 2010 as an experimental visualization tool in Google Labs.[5]

In 2011 the Public Data Explorer was made available for anyone to upload, share and visualize data sets. To facilitate this, Google created a new data format, the Dataset Publishing Language (DSPL). Once the data is imported, a dataset can be visualized, embedded in external websites, and shared with others like a Google Doc.[6]

In 2016, this toolset was enhanced with the Google Analytics Suite, particularly Data Studio 360, whose release expanded to a free public beta in May 2016, which enabled import of public or individual datasets and overlaid user-friendly (non-coding) data visualization tools.

SDMX conversion[edit]

The SDMX converter is an open source application, which offers the ability to convert DSPL (Google's Dataset Publishing Language) messages to SDMX-ML, and vice versa. The output file of a DSPL dataset is a zip file containing data (CSV files) and metadata (XML file). Datasets in this format can be processed by Google and visualized in the Google Public Data Explorer.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edwards, Kerstin. "Visualizing Data from Government Census and Surveys: Plans for the Future" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Pardee Center for International Futures Data Explorer". University of Denver. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Data Providers". Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Visualize the data in a dataset". Google Inc. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Statistics for a changing world: Google Public Data Explorer in Labs". Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  6. ^ Sherman, Chris (16 February 2011). "Visualize Your Own Information With Google Public Data Explorer". Search Engine Land. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  7. ^ "SDMX Converter". European Commission. Archived from the original on 30 October 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.

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