Thursday, March 11, 2010

Google Public Data Explorer: Embed Animated Maps and Charts in Your Website, Share Your Geospatial Data

Google has just come up with a new tool that helps further the creation and sharing of open source geodata with their Public Data Explorer. Here is some information from their website and one of the animated maps that I have embedded in this page. There is also a link to more embedded maps. Note that each embedded map is animated so that changes over time can be viewed and that each map has a link to more data and visualizations on the Google website.

Google Public Data Explorer: Data visualizations for a changing world

The Google Public Data Explorer makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand. 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. Embedded charts and links can update automatically so you're always sharing the latest available data. Here's an example of an embedded visualization:

The above embedded map: Unemployment in the U.S.

Monthly estimates of employment and unemployment for all States, metropolitan areas, counties and cities. National employment and unemployment of the population classified by age, sex, race, and other characteristics. This dataset was prepared by Google based on data downloaded from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Last updated: March 7, 2010.

Learn more about Google's Public Data Explorer and access animated maps.

1 comment:

  1. I did. Thanks. Very comprehensive listing of useful references.