Google’s interest in statistics is steadily growing. And this not least because Ola Rosling now works with Google and pushes visualization tools like motion chart and the public-data project.
In his presentation at the Gov 2.0 in Washington (September 2009) Ola Rosling presents theese tools: Ola Rosling, “Seeing Data as Change Over Time”
Accessing the data
How will Google access public data? The preference is bulk downloads:
Really? We all know the risks of this: It’s manual work (isn’t it?), it needs resources, it’s repetitive … . With APIs and a standardized format like RDF and open silos (!) the future could begin … . See the remarks in this article ‘Official statistics beyond Web 2.0: Challenges, rewards and risks to come’.
Sources for Google’s public data are the U.S Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, also EUROSTAT is mentioned by Ola Rosling. What’s next? OECD and UN for much more country data? Will Google with its excellent internet presence become an important provider of international public data? So welcome Stats Google in the family….
More about Gov 2.0 in this blogstats post.
And about the public-data project there is a good description by Ola Rosling in the Googleblog ‘Adding search power to public data’
In addition, there is Google Internet Stats
On September 9th 2009 Google UK quietly launched a microsite with statistics about the internet from a variety of sources. The statistics are divided into five sections: Technology, Macro Economic Trends, Media Landscape, Media Consumption and Consumer Trends.
There are various sources: B2Bonline.com, BARB, BusinessWeek, Coke, Commission of the European Communities, Comscore, Core Metrics, Datamonitor, Deloitte, The Economist, eMarketer, Enders Analysis, Eurostat, Film Distributors Association, Financial Times, Forrester, GFK, Google Insights for Search, Greenbee.com, Guardian, HarvardBusiness.org, Hitwise, IAB, IFPI, IMF, Internet Retailing, Internetworldstats.com, JP Morgan, KMPG, Media & Marketing, Mediascope Europe, Mindshare, Motorola, Net Imperative, New York Magazine, Nielsen, NMA, Ofcom, Ipsos MediaCT, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, QuickPlay Media Inc., Retail Week, Reuters, TGI Net, Times Online, TNS, Verdict Research, Wall Street Journal, WARC, YouTube, ZenithOptimedia, GM