I was thinking to myself this afternoon that it’d be wonderful to have a Google Maps or Google Finance -style view of economic data. What have unemployment numbers looked like recently and historically, for instance? Well, boy was I happy to find that there is exactly such a thing.
Google Public Data provides an interface into some interesting statistics about the US and the world. Zoomable graphs and animations that show how data changes over time gives you a chance to hone in on the information you need.
While the actual number of datasets available at this point are limited (just 15 at this point), it’s a cool tool that I hope will be expanded to include even more value information.