Data Planet was reviewed in April by the Charleston Advisor, a highly regarded critical review resource for libraries. Deep Web Technologies and Data Planet teamed up several years ago to create Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference, designed to be a more user friendly interface to finding and extracting data from their extensive repository and flagship product, Data-Planet Statistical Datasets.
“Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference is designed to allow users to quickly navigate the 18.9 billion points of data contained in the repository, representing 3.9 billion time series covering thousands of geographic entities. With Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference, users can quickly search and view charts, maps, and rankings of time series at the country, state, county, MSA, postal code, and census-tract/block group levels. All of the data are drawn from authoritative sources and are citable. The product provides high-level summary information as well as detailed line item views.”
Deep Web Technologies worked closely with Data Planet to create the Data Planet Statistical Ready Reference application and later, the Data Planet Related Content application (not referenced with the review). Data Planet Statistical Ready Reference is an Explorit Everywhere! custom user interface that retrieves results via the Data Planet API. Extensive work was done to create a simple UI to search the data, and to present results with accompanying information such as graphs, charts and statistics. To enhance Ready Reference, an additional application, Related Content, was created to perform a Deep Web search for users to research topics beyond the Data Planet database. For example, a Ready Reference Geographical search for “New York”, and a Subject search for “Airports” returns results from only the Data Planet database. Clicking on a result link will take you to a Data Sheet with Sources, Dataset, graphs, charts and Subject Terms. From the Data Sheet, however, you can continue to research your topic by clicking on the Related Content section – News or Scholarly – which opens a federated search application of selected Deep Web resources to retrieve related results.
Data Planet received a composite score of 4 1/8 stars out of 5. Both Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference and Data-Planet Statistical Datasets were included in the review, which judged Content, User Interface/Searchability, Pricing, and Contract Options. The reviewer, Jennifer Starkey of Oberlin College in Ohio mentions, “Data-Planet rates highly in comparison, with its broad coverage of subjects, focus on time series data, provision of raw data that can be downloaded or viewed using the analytical tools, and the overall number of data sources available.”
This isn’t the first time that the Charleston Advisor has taken a close look at DWT. In 2012, Grace Baysinger, Head Librarian and Bibliographer at the Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library and Tom Cramer, Chief Technology Strategist at Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources gave Deep Web Technologies a 4 3/8 out of 5 stars, based on their experience with Deep Web Technologies product. We’re still going strong!
Data Planet plans on rolling out improvements to their Data-Planet Statistical Datasets over the next month. See the Data Planet blog to find out more information and where you can see their products in action.