The new search engine Google Dataset Search aims to help scientists find public data sets.
The search engine for scientists and the curious
Google’s new search engine is aimed at scientists, data journalists, data freaks, or anyone else looking for records online. The service offers a targeted search designed to help scientists and data journalists find the data they need for their work.
How does Google’s Dataset Search work?
The new search engine works in a similar way to Google Scholar, the popular search engine created by Google for academic studies and reports. Record search now enables users to find data stored in thousands of databases on the web. This makes them generally accessible and usable. It doesn’t matter if it’s a publisher’s site, digital library, or an author’s personal website.
How does the data get into the search engine?
In order to create the dataset search, Google has developed guidelines for dataset providers so that they can prepare their data in such a way that Google (and other search engines) can better understand the content of their pages. The approach is based on an open source standard developed by the data community Schema.org.
These guidelines contain important information about records:
- Who created the dataset?
- When was the dataset published?
- How was the data collected?
- What conditions apply to the use of the data? Etc.
This information is then collected and linked. It is also analyzed whether there are different versions of the same data set. Publications that describe the available datasets can also be found in the search.
The providers of data sets, whether large or small, are advised to orient themselves towards this common standard and to adopt it so that all data sets become part of this network.
What can I find using Dataser Search?
The Dataset Search contains content from organizations such as NOAA and NASA, as well as from academic databases such as Harvard’s Dataverse and Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), as well as government data and data from news organizations such as ProPublica.
The data record search already works in several languages, other languages are being planned and will be added shortly.
In the video you can see how Google’s new search engine works
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