Google mashes up World Bank data

Google mashes up World Bank data

Google has added a raft of economic statistics from the World Bank to its new "public data" search facility.

The search giant launched public data around six months ago in a bid to make it easier to find statistics that are in the public domain online.

It has now added 17 world development indicators from the Bank, including gross domestic product (GDP), gross national income in PPP dollars and Internet users as percentage of population.

This means that a Google search for the gross domestic product of the UK, for example, returns a chart at the top of the results page. Clicking on the result takes users to an interactive chart where they can compare the data to related information.

Google has also added a feature to enable users to embed the charts in Web sites and blogs by clicking on the page's 'Link' button. Users can embed the chart with static data, or set the chart to update dynamically when new information becomes available.

The full list of indicators currently available are CO2 emissions per capita, electricity consumption per capita, energy use per capita, exports as percentage of GDP, fertility rate, GDP deflator change, GDP growth rate, GNI per capita in PPP dollars, Gross Domestic Product, Gross National Income in PPP dollars, imports as percentage of GDP, Internet users as percentage of population, life expectancy, military expenditure as percentage of GDP, mortality rate, under 5, population, and population growth rate.

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