After months of testing, Google finally brought its dataset search tool out of beta and made it available to all users.
Google Dataset Search is basically a specialised search engine Google created to facilitate free access to data online.
In the recent announcement, Google boasts of the tool now providing access to 25 million datasets with the ability to filter results based on the dataset type such as tables, text, images, etc. The tool is also now available on mobile with better dataset descriptions.
To quote them:
“Across the web, there are millions of datasets about nearly any subject that interests you. If you’re looking to buy a puppy, you could find datasets compiling complaints of puppy buyers or studies on puppy cognition. Or if you like skiing, you could find data on revenue of ski resorts or injury rates and participation numbers. Dataset Search has indexed almost 25 million of these datasets, giving you a single place to search for datasets and find links to where the data is.”
Making a dataset discoverable by describing its properties in your own web page using the open standard (schema.org) still remains the same.
The product aims at becoming a part of the everyday tools for researchers, scientists and data journalists. This is to complement the already existing Google Scholar. If you fall in any of these categories, or simply crave data for other purposes, you have to definitely check out the tool yourself.