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Google Data Liberation Project – Download your data: FAQ

Your Account. Your Data. Download a Copy.

Why is it important that I have access to this data?

It’s important that you can access your Google data when you want it, where you want it – whether is it to import it into another service or just create your own copy for your archives. People usually don’t look to see if they can get their data out of a product until they decide that they want to leave. For this reason, we always encourage you to ask these three questions before starting to use a product that will store your data:

  • Can I get my data out in an open, interoperable, portable format?
  • How much is it going to cost to get my data out?
  • How much of my time is it going to take to get my data out?

The ideal answers to these questions are:

  • Yes.
  • Nothing more than I’m already paying.
  • As little as possible.

There shouldn’t be an additional charge to export your data. Beyond that, if it takes you weeks to get your data, it’s almost as bad as not being able to get your data out at all.”

Search engine for the Internet of Things

“Thingful® is a search engine for the Internet of Things, providing a unique geographical index of connected objects around the world, including energy, radiation, weather, and air quality devices as well as seismographs, iBeacons, ships, aircraft and even animal trackers.Thingful’s powerful search capabilities enable people to find devices, datasets and realtime data sources by geolocationContinue Reading

Introducing Structured Snippets, now a part of Google Web Search

Google Research Blog: “Google Web Search has evolved in recent years with a host of features powered by the Knowledge Graph and other data sources to provide users with highly structured and relevant data. Structured Snippets is a new feature that incorporates facts into individual result snippets in Web Search. As seen in the example below, interestingContinue Reading

Treasure Map: The NSA Breach of Telekom and Other German Firms

Spiegel Online – Andy Müller-Maguhn, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Michael Sontheimer:  [Treaure Map] “is the mandate for a massive raid on the digital world. It aims to map the Internet, and not just the large traffic channels, such as telecommunications cables. It also seeks to identify the devices across which our data flows, so-called routers. Furthermore, every single endContinue Reading

FindTheBest Launches Agency Spending Topic

Nina Quattrocchi – FindTheBest – A Research Engine: “The government awards trillions of taxpayer dollars every year in contracts, grants, and loans, and it’s nearly impossible to keep track of where that money is going. Thousands of new businesses are created in the US each year, and it’s hard for those young companies to know where toContinue Reading

Wikimedia Commons is now 10 years old – huge resource for free educational media

News release: “Wikimedia Commons is turning 10 years old [September 7, 2014] — will you help celebrate? We’re asking everyone to join the Wikimedia community by sharing a freely licensed image with world. Wikimedia Commons is one of the world’s largest resources of freely licensed educational media. It is the central repository of the majority of illustrations forContinue Reading

Links, languages and semantics – Paper

Links, languages and semantics: linked data approaches in The European Library and Europeana. Valentine Charles, Nuno Freire, Antoine Isaac. Submitted on: 8/11/2014, IFLA 2014. “The European Library and Europeana have both an extensive experience in aggregating metadata for bibliographical records or digital resources from the cultural heritage institutions of Europe. For both of them meeting the challenges offeredContinue Reading

From StreetView to the new mapping tool, Cartographer, get a glimpse of how GoogleMaps works

Google Maps Blog: “With Google Maps by your side, you have a co-pilot for everything from turn-by-turn directions, to discovering new restaurants to deciding which hiking trails to climb next. This is possible in large part because Google Maps includes information from thousands of authoritative sources as varied as the U.S. Geological Survey, the Ordnance Survey ofContinue Reading

Google – Making of Maps: Reaching a milestone

Google Official Blog: “When you head out your door, you’ve got directions in your pocket—whether you’re driving to your aunt’s place in the mountains, cycling to a new biergarten or taking the train downtown. For Google Maps to get you there, it needs to be a digital mirror of the real world. But the realContinue Reading

Investigative Report – NSA created ‘google-like search’ engine – shared access with other agencies

“Data available through ICREACH appears to be primarily derived from surveillance of foreigners’ communications, and planning documents show that it draws on a variety of different sources of data maintained by the NSA. Though one 2010 internal paper clearly calls it “the ICREACH database,” a U.S. official familiar with the system disputed that, telling The Intercept that while “itContinue Reading

Google’s fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank – New Scientist

Hal Hodson, 20 August 2014, New Scientist – The search giant is automatically building Knowledge Vault, a massive database that could give us unprecedented access to the world’s facts “GOOGLE is building the largest store of knowledge in human history – and it’s doing so without any human help. Instead, Knowledge Vault autonomously gathers and merges information from acrossContinue Reading

Comparing Google Consumer Surveys to Existing Probability and Non-Probability Based Internet Surveys

“This study compares the responses of a probability based Internet panel, a non-probability based Internet panel and Google Consumer Surveys against several media consumption and health benchmarks. The Consumer Surveys results were found to be more accurate than both the probability and non-probability based Internet panels in three separate measures: average absolute error (distance fromContinue Reading