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Introducing Data Studio Community Visualizations as Chart Interaction Filters

May 28th, 2019

Community Visualizations as Chart Filters At the beginning of 2019, we introduced richer interactivity in Data Studio, enabling charts to  act as filters, facilitating more interactive data explorations and faster time to insight. If you’ve been following the community visualizations developer preview, you may have noticed that community visualizations haven’t yet supported chart interaction filters….

A challenge to stimulate local news in North America

May 28th, 2019

When journalist Megan Lucero started as director at U.K. based Bureau Local, she had an ambitious mission: to use technology to discover powerful public interest stories in local news. The startup, which is part of the nonprofit organization The Bureau of Investigative Journalism,received financial support from Google’s Digital News Innovation Fund to create a platform…

How foster care advocacy led a Googler to her family

May 28th, 2019

In the United States, more than 440,000 children are in foster care. Every year, approximately 20,000 of that youth age out of care, without any positive familial support or connections. To help them, a network of families and professionals work tirelessly to create a support system where one doesn’t exist. One of these people is…

Using the Grid Shepherd Technique to Order Data with CSS

May 28th, 2019

Shepherds are good attending to their sheep, bringing order and structure to their herds. Even if there are hundreds of those wooly animals, a shepherd still herds them back to the farm at the end of the day. When dealing with data, programmers often don’t know if it is correctly filtered or sorted. This is…

W3C and the WHATWG signed an agreement to collaborate on a single version of HTML and DOM

May 28th, 2019

Today W3C and the WHATWG signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of a single version of the HTML and DOM specifications. The Memorandum of Understanding jointly published as the WHATWG/W3C Joint Working Mode gives the specifics of this collaboration. This is the culmination of a careful exploration of effective partnership mechanisms since December…

How AI could tackle a problem shared by a billion people

May 27th, 2019

Earlier this month, Google AI Impact Challenge grantees from around the world gathered in San Francisco to start applying artificial intelligence to address some of the world’s toughest problems, from protecting rainforests to improving emergency response times. In addition to receiving part of the $25 million pool of funding from Google.org, each organization is participating…

Prioritizing

May 27th, 2019

You’re faced with a lot of decisions in everyday work. There are multiple tasks calling for your focus, and you can burn daylight or even burn out trying to decide what comes first. There’s a phenomenon called decision fatigue. There have been many studies that you can make poor choices when you’re not able to…

Night Mode with Mix Blend Mode: Difference

May 27th, 2019

Dark mode designs are all the rage right now but here’s an interesting take: Wei Gao has built a night mode on her own site that uses mix-blend-mode: difference to create an effect that looks like this: Wei explains how she implemented this technique and the edge cases she encountered along the way. I especially…

A moment of remembrance on Memorial Day

May 26th, 2019

I always wanted to be a Marine, but it wasn’t until the first day of rugby practice at the Naval Academy my sophomore year that I knew I was going to be a Marine. One of my coaches—an active duty larger-than-life Marine officer—took one look at me and declared, “Yep, you’re going to be a…

Tools to help you vote in the EU elections

May 24th, 2019

You probably turn to the web to get information about an election before casting your vote—and you want to get to the important stuff quickly, like learning more about your candidates and understanding how to cast your ballot. To help you find the information you need about the European Parliamentary elections, we’ve introduced a set…