Here are my views on why Google Data Search is going to to be important for the geospatial community.
Five years ago, I had discussions with one of the key Google executives on data availability and accessibility, which was a big problem during that time. The context was in answer to a question on limited success of Spatial Data Infrastructures (
As we fast forward, we see that data culture is becoming a norm, and relevance for spatial data is growing. And Google Data Search seems to be a true outcome of this idea.
Here is a preview of what all you can search on Google Data SearchVideo Credits: Natasha Noy, YouTube
To the statement I made in the heading, yes I believe that Google Data Search is a new facet. This can have a huge impact on how we search and access geospatial data as well along with larger scientific data sets. This will one-way help in bridging the gap of geospatial data accessibility and availability.