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What is Google Dataset Search?

https://toolbox.google.com/datasetsearch

Google has launched a dedicated dataset search website to help journalists and researchers unearth publicly available data that can aid in their projects.

Traditionally, datasets are spread far and wide across individual research websites, institutions like NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — and even data-driven publications like ProPublica.

The new search engine will work like Google Scholar, the company’s popular search engine for academic studies and reports.

To create Dataset search, Google developed guidelines for dataset providers to describe their data in a way that the company (and other search engines) can better understand the content of their pages.

FEATURES:

Here are some examples of what can qualify as a dataset:

  • A table or a CSV file with some data
  • An organized collection of tables
  • A file in a proprietary format that contains data
  • A collection of files that together constitute some meaningful dataset
  • A structured object with data in some other format that you might want to load into a special tool for processing
  • Images capturing data
  • Files relating to machine learning, such as trained parameters or neural network structure definitions
  • Anything that looks like a dataset to you

PRODUCT DETAILS:

 

To create Dataset search, Google developed guidelines for dataset providers to describe their data in a way that the company (and other search engines) can better understand the content of their pages.

“We can understand structured data in Web pages about datasets, using either schema.org Dataset markup, or equivalent structures represented in W3C‘s Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT) format. We also exploring experimental support for structured data based on W3C CSVW, and expect to evolve and adapt our approach as best practices for dataset description emerge. For more information about our approach to dataset discovery, see Facilitating the discovery of public datasets.” – Google.com/search/

 

The same vocabulary can be used in JSON-LD (preferred), RDFa 1.1, or Microdata syntax.
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