Google charts health data from CDC, World Bank


Google has removed another step between people and information with the release of its new Public Data Explorer. It’s a service through which Google links neat, tidy and reputable sets of data with a beefed-up version of its chart programs.

Right now it’s limited to 13 data sets, though Google implies that it will continue to expand those offerings based on demand. Those data sets include three that are powered by the CDC’s WONDER data delivery platform.

Data from the World Bank includes international numbers on things such as fertility rates, births attended by skilled health staff, rates of immunization against measles, prevalence of HIV, life expectancy and more. You also can find statistics on the U.S. population from the Census Bureau.

At present, the limited selection mean that it probably won’t be useful for more than a handful of stories, but it’s something to keep an eye on as Google continues to add data and customization options.

Here’s a quick example mapping U.S. cancer rates (circle color) and number of cases (circle size) by state.

NOTE: If you can’t see the visualization, you’ll probably need to upgrade your browser.

(Hat tip to ReadWriteWeb)

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Andrew Van Dam