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Supercool Charts with Google (made easier)

February 23, 2011

File this under “another item to add to your toolbox” and “ways to impress clients with nice visualization” – Google recently announced that it has opened up Google Public Data Explorer to allow you to enter your own datasets.

As you might remember, this is the neat technology that originated from the visualizations done with public data at gapminder.org, then renamed as Google Public Data Explorer.  (see screenshots below)  Until recently, the only way of using your own datasets was to use the API and map to your own datasets.  Well, this development allows you to take your own data in CSV format, add a layer of XML, and voila – you have your own graphs and charts that have the interactivity and visual appeal of Gapminder!

I’ve been looking through the documentation, and while it’s a little overwhelming, it’s not too bad once you get used to what they’re trying to say (kind of like searching command-line Dialog the first time, maybe).  It’s going to be something I’ll be playing with over the weekend, so I’ll likely have a use case up soon.  In the meantime, they do have this tutorial as well.

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