Find The Data You Need With Google’s Dataset Search

by | Feb 1, 2020 | General Business

Google Dataset Search

Google has been running its Dataset Search service in Beta since 2018, and it’s now in its first regular release. You may be wondering what Dataset Search even is, so let’s dive into it.

What Is Google Dataset Search?

Google describes the service as enabling “users to find datasets stored across the Web through a simple keyboard search.

The tool surfaces information about datasets hosted in thousands of repositories across the Web, making these datasets universally accessible and useful.”

Confused?

If so, it’s completely understandable because that definition was pretty technical.

Essentially, a dataset is a grouping of information that is related to each other.

For example, if I search for free datasets related to “dogs,” I’m given 100+ results. One of those datasets is data from the City of New York titled “NYC Dog Licensing Dataset.” Clicking into the dataset, I can see 345,727 licensed dogs. It gives me the dog name, dog age, dog breed, dog zip code, and more.

With millions of datasets, you can imagine just how powerful this tool can be.

It can help with business specific searches, personal searches, or even school reports for the kids.

Let’s Look At An Example

Let’s look at an example that’s more meaningful to the business world. If you’re interested in the value of your company based upon an industry average of the EBITDA multiple, there’s a dataset for that (or more than likely many datasets for that).

When searching for small businesses, I found a dataset from November 2018 titled “EBITDA Multiples By Industry.”

I then scrolled through the data to find “IT Services & Consulting,” and I see it has a multiple of 8.91.

And, we’re just scratching the surface with the dog and EBITDA examples.

It’s now your turn to play around with this tool.

Head over to the following URL:

https://datasetsearch.research.google.com

Once you’re on this page, you’ll see a search box. From there, type a keyword related to the data you’re interested in finding. As you type, you’ll get suggestions (just like the screenshot over to the left showing a search of “small business”).

Then, you can browse through an endless list of data.

Ryan has been heavily involved in the world of Information Technology and entrepreneurship since the early 2000s. From small business consulting to Fortune 500 IT leadership, Ryan has a wide array of industry knowledge. He earned his BBA from the University of Iowa in 2004 majoring in Management Information Systems and later earned his MBA from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a focus on Management and Marketing. When he's not spending time with his wife and three young children, you'll find Ryan pounding away at his keyboard, spinning on his Peloton, or listening to a good audiobook or podcast.

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Ryan Glick

Ryan has been heavily involved in the world of Information Technology and entrepreneurship since the early 2000s. From small business consulting to Fortune 500 IT leadership, Ryan has a wide array of industry knowledge. He earned his BBA from the University of Iowa in 2004 majoring in Management Information Systems and later earned his MBA from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a focus on Management and Marketing. When he's not spending time with his wife and three young children, you'll find Ryan pounding away at his keyboard, spinning on his Peloton, or listening to a good audiobook or podcast.

Connect with Ryan on Instagram.

Ryan Glick