After a few weeks of rumors that a “Google Base” service will be launched, Google has offically announced and launched it themeselves. Google just relased Google Analytics on Monday, so it looks like they are on a roll. This was just posted on digg.
From Google Blog (11/15/2005):
Today we’re excited to announce Google Base, an extension of our existing content collection efforts like web crawl, Google Sitemaps, Google Print and Google Video. Google Base enables content owners to easily make their information searchable online. Anyone, from large companies to website owners and individuals, can use it to submit their content in the form of data items. We’ll host the items and make them searchable for free. There’s more info here. [Read More…]
Some organizations are already using Google Base. Here are a few examples.
- “Students need as much information as possible when they are searching for the right college or university. Google Base helps us reach students and parents and deliver more of the information they need when making important college decisions.” – Hal Higginbotham, President, CollegeBoard.com
- “We want to use knowledge and information about the environment to help motivate more responsible public and private action. With Google Base, we can bring the public key insights on sustainability issues like climate change, human health, and resource consumption and bring about change.” ” Amy Cassara, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute
- “CareerBuilder.com’s business model is built on providing employers with as many avenues as possible to connect with job seekers. Feeding our jobs to Google Base further extends our distribution network, providing employers with added support in marketing their open positions.” – Richard Castellini, VP of Consumer Marketing, CareerBuilder.com
- “We compile an enormous amount of valuable data on fine art and artists, and we want collectors, dealers, students and art aficionados to have easy access to this information. Google Base enables us to reach more people researching art and get them the information they need.” – Brent Peich, Director of Marketing, Artnet
- “Our mission is to make it easy for small businesses to use the web to drive in-store sales. Google Base gives us an ideal outlet to promote and distribute content about local products more broadly.” – Kendall Fargo, President & CEO, StepUp Commerce
Right now, there are two ways to submit data items to Google Base. Individuals and small website owners can use an interactive user interface; larger organizations and sites can use the bulk uploads option to send us content using standard XML formats.
Rather than impose specific schemas and structures on the world, Google Base suggests attributes and item types based on popularity, which you can use to define and attach your own labels and attributes to each data item. Then searchers can find information more quickly and effectively by using these labels and attributes to refine their queries on the experimental version of Google Base search.
This beta version of Google Base is another small step toward our goal, creating an online database of easily searchable, structured information. As always, we welcome your feedback and ideas.