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Google Public Data Explorer
Developer(s)Google Inc.
Initial release8 March 2010; 14 years ago (2010-03-08)
PlatformWeb platform
Available in40 languages[citation needed]
TypeCollaborative software, Data visualization

Google Public Data Explorer provides public data and forecasts from a range of international organizations and academic institutions including the World Bank, OECD, Eurostat and the University of Denver.[2][3] These can be displayed as line graphs, bar graphs, cross sectional plots or on maps.[4] The product was launched on March 8, 2010 as an experimental visualization tool in Google Labs.[5]

In 2011 the Public Data Explorer was made available to everyone. The Dataset Publishing Language (DSPL) was created to be used with the platform. Once data is imported, the dataset can be visualized, embedded in external websites, and shared with others.[6]

In May 2016, the addition of the Google Analytics Suite enabled the import of public or individual datasets and provided no-code data visualization tools to users.

SDMX conversion

The SDMX converter is an open source application that offers the ability to convert DSPL (Google's Dataset Publishing Language) messages to SDMX-ML, and vice versa. The output file of a DSPL dataset is a zip file containing data (in the form of CSV files) and metadata (as an XML file). Datasets in this format can be visualized in the Google Public Data Explorer.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Edwards, Kerstin. "Visualizing Data from Government Census and Surveys: Plans for the Future" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Pardee Center for International Futures Data Explorer". University of Denver. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Data Providers". Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Visualize the data in a dataset". Google Inc. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Statistics for a changing world: Google Public Data Explorer in Labs". Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  6. ^ Sherman, Chris (16 February 2011). "Visualize Your Own Information With Google Public Data Explorer". Search Engine Land. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  7. ^ "SDMX Converter". European Commission. Archived from the original on 30 October 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.

Further reading