Google is building on its partnership with the World Bank, U.S. Census Bureau, and other gatherers of statistics to present an array of data in visual form within Google Labs, CNET reports. Google Public Data Explorer went live March 8. The site takes public data regarding schools, population, crime, and other topics to construct charts and graphs that help illustrate key trends that might interest researchers. Google also is releasing a list of the top search terms that can be answered with public data, based on an analysis of anonymous search data. School comparisons and unemployment topped the list of the most frequent queries, followed by population, sales tax, and salaries. The list gives searchers an idea of the data available to them that can be manipulated into moving charts and graphs over a period of time…

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Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.


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