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DataSet Search: Google Launches New Search Engine for Data Searchers

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We are living in the information age and this information is built by building blocks called data. Due to the easy access to information available online, most searchers want precise, specific data to back their analyses and theories. The spectrum of searchers falling under this ambit range from journalists to academics to simply curious students. Google acknowledges this quest for data by launching a new and separate search engine exclusively for data searches.

This new search engine is called DataSet Search. It is still in the beta testing phase, where it has access to data archives only in the fields of social sciences, environmental sciences, government data archives and news organizations. This network was created by Google with the help of a feature that allowed the providers of datasets to markup their sources in a way that facilitates Google to recognize and identify the kind of data they are offering. This feature was rolled out in July this year.

As of now, these are the areas which signed up with the markup feature rolled out by Google. When others join the fray, the umbrella of sources will expand to cover wider areas. DataSet providers have the option to have their sources included in DataSet Search if they have the markups uploaded on their sources.

Just as the usual search engine box, DataSet Search can be used in multiple languages. It is used like the eponymous search box of Google: type in what you are looking for. DataSet Search will throw up relevant data searches for your consideration. Currently, Google is sourcing the datasets from digital libraries, the personal web pages of publishers and websites of authors.

This is what Google has to say about this new launch:

“In today’s world, scientists in many disciplines and a growing number of journalists live and breathe data… To enable easy access to this data, we launched Dataset Search, so that scientists, data journalists, data geeks, or anyone else can find the data required for their work and their stories, or simply to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.”

Debajyoti Banerjee is the Founder, Director & CEO of Seven Boats - A leading digital marketing agency & digital marketing training institute in India since 2011. He is a Google & LinkedIn Certified Digital Marketer & Trainer, Brand Strategist, Consultant & Entrepreneur. B. Tech in computer engineering & post graduate diploma in Marketing, Debajyoti has 18+ years of domain experience and successful track records in digital marketing services & digital marketing training with 500+ clients & 56K+ students in 165+ countries. He has been invited & felicitated by 25+ Top B Schools & universities including London Business School, AICTE ATAL FDP, UGC-HRDC, IIM Shillong, IIM ROHTAK, IIT KGP, IIT Guwahati, Calcutta University, Ranchi University, St. Xavier’s, Brainware, Techno India, JIS Group, Jaypee Group, Shikshayatan Foundation, IIEST Shibpur, Bhavan’s, ICFAI Business School, GITAM Deemed University, Swami Vivekananda Group of Institutions & many more. He has been awarded with more than 20 national awards and he has received notable media coverage. Learn more

 

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