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Google Labs visualizes World Development Indicators

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Last fall we announced a new relationship with Google that supports the World Bank’s efforts to make data more widely accessible throughout the world. Currently, 17 of the World Development Indicators are showing prominently in search results with a link to an interactive tool allowing users to intuitively visualize, analyze, and compare the data across countries. The public data search feature links to our Data Finder pages which provide definitions, quick facts, interactive and embed-enabled maps, and additional World Bank related resources.

This morning Google announced Public Data Explorer in Labs, which includes a subset of 54 indicators from the WDI. This Labs experiment is a richer visual exploration tool containing interactive lines, bars, maps, xy-plot, and motion charts. Other data sets in Public Data Explorer include the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Public Data Explorer links directly to our Data Finder pages

Google is also launching a discussion forum which allows users to share feedback about the data.

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