Google launches Public Data Explorer

Google has launched its Public Data Explorer, which promises to make public data easily accessible through interactive charts.

In its latest bid to prove to the world that it knows everything, the Public Data Explorer casually graphs information side by side with morbid albeit interesting datasets such as “Unemployment in the US,” “Mortality in the US,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the U.S.,” “Cancer cases in the US” and “Minimum Wage in Europe.”

In Google’s bog today it announced that there are already “billions” of possible charts to explore, with the current data provided from the same three providers available in Google’s public data search feature. Those are the World Bank, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics an the US Census Bureau.

It has also added information from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, the California Department of Education, Eurostat, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis and the US Center for Disease Control. Freedom to information is an important thing, and Google boasts proudly that it is absolutely chuffed that it can now index the lot easily.

For grim statistics to poke about at morbidly in the early hours, you can access Google’s tool and dataset at its labs, here.