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An introduction to Google Data Explorer

 

General information

Google Data Explorer gets its data from sources like The World Bank, Eurostat and OECD.

Google Data Explorer (World Development Indicators) allows you to work in your own language, unless you choose to enlarge the possibilities by choosing English.

 

Find statistical data

Start by choosing the datasets you wish to use from a list down the left hand side of the screen. These are applied to the X and Y axis of the graph.

Click 'Explore the Data' to reach the main data visualisation screen.

You will notice a visual similarity to Gapminder. Click here for more information about Gapminder.

Choose and display the indicators you want. Google have reduced the number of indicators available compared to The World Bank Data, but this makes it easier for users to access the data that is available, and should be appropriate for most users in an educational context.

 

Visualization

When you have chosen the country or country-groups and the indicators, Google Data Explorer displays the data graphically, and you can also get access to the data that lies behind the graph.

You can choose between a range of different visualisations. The tool works very easily and pedagogically.

Importantly for teachers, it is easy to correlate data sets in order to analyse relationships, for example, between GDP and Life Expectancy.

Google Data Explorer