googleGoogle has done a lot of cool things over the years, but for sometime now, it has felt like after Gmail, things were falling short…until today. Let me present Google Public Data. For example, in the Google search box, type in unemployment rate Washington . This bring up the following page.

After playing with some of the features of Google Public Data, I learned a few things. One, the midwest continues to amaze me with low unemployment while other states, fail big time. Second, this data search is merely the tip of what could be a much bigger data quest.

Google says you might one day find public information on such subjects as prices of cookies, CO2 emissions, asthma frequency, high school graduation rates, bakers’ salaries, number of wildfires amongst other interesting queries. Again, not from specific websites, rather just the raw data itself.