Google has launched a new type of search engine designed specifically around helping people find data.
Simply called “Dataset Search,” the tool provides easier access to millions of datasets across thousands of data repositories on the web.
“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.”
Dataset Search surfaces results from publishers’ sites, digital libraries, and authors’ personal web pages.
Google’s new search engine is largely dependent on the schema markup for dataset providers that was rolled out in July.
Dataset markup allows publishers to describe their data in a way that Google (and other search engines) can better understand the content of their pages.
Google encourages dataset providers to utilize this markup in order to have their content included in Dataset Search.
Currently, Dataset Search can be used to find references to most datasets in environmental sciences, social sciences, as well as government data and data provided by news organizations.
When more publishers begin using the new schema markup, Google will eventually expand the variety of content included in Dataset Search.
Dataset Search is available in multiple languages and works just like any other search engine. Just type in what you’re looking for and Google will return relevant datasets.