Google is working with publishers to make it easier to see data journalism in search results, as advertised on their blog today. It's one of the steps Google News Initiative takes to make data journalism more visible, with the field growing rapidly across the media. Over half of all newsrooms now have dedicated data loggers, and this feature aims to find the most useful results from pages containing data tables.
"Data journalism takes many forms, and it is not always clear from the headline that there are potentially useful data in the document or story," wrote Google News Labs Simon Rogers in today's blog post. "It's not always easy for Google Search to discover and understand data tables to cover the most relevant results."
The function is currently in a pilot, so search results can not often display data sets yet. Developers can look at how they can make data sets more visible here.