If asked, do you find Google results relevant? Majority would say a ‘Yes’. We often opt for a Google search for any image, video or textual information. Now Google moves ahead to make the tabular data search results more relevant. This progress was mapped out in the wake of the rising importance of ‘data journalism’ globally. As the trend of doing more stories based on data and facts is on rise in news organisations, Google has discovered techniques to make the tabular data search results more pertinent.
“Based on feedback from 30 of the top data journalists in the world, we identified an opportunity to improve how tabular data appears in Google Search and in doing so make it easier for all people to find the data they’re looking for,” says Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Google News Lab.
This new improvement will assist a data journalist by proving additional structured data for their tables to make the dataset parts easier to recognize to be used in relevant data search features. It doesn’t take control of the journalist’s control over the structure of their story. All it does is, adding the structured data to the html page of the story and nor replace it. So the story writer enjoys the authority to decide how the table should appear in their story for the readers.