Search open data more easily

Google has launched a new interface to access public data.

Google has just launched Google Dataset Search, which performs searches in open data put online by various institutions and organisations worldwide.

The tool is aimed at the scientific community and other user types and is seen as a complement to Google Scholar. Organisations, universities and governments which publish data online include descriptive metadata (who & when, etc.) on their web pages. This information is then indexed and combined with other information by Google.
The company's goal is to unify tens of thousands of different datasets to put them online, sets that are currently very fragmented.

The initial version of Dataset Search will cover the environmental and social sciences, but the amount of indexed data should grow rapidly as institutions seek to make their information easier to access. This is sure to happen, in parallel with the general rise of the open data movement and governmental regulations in the United States and in Europe on data publication.