Google launched a new Google Labs experiment called Public Data Explorer. This will take large datasets and give them a new visual interface with animated charts and maps.
“As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand,” Google explains in the description. “You don’t have to be a data expert to navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings.”
“Students, journalists, policy makers and everyone else can play with the tool to create visualizations of public data, link to them, or embed them in their own webpages,” says Google. “Embedded charts and links can update automatically so you’re always sharing the latest available data.”
There are six examples available on the product page to mess around with and get the feel for how Public Data Explorer will work.