Zanran is a new search engine which enables you to find freely available data and statistics presented as graphs, charts or tables. Unlike Google and other leading search engines it searches for this formatted numerical data within documents.
A really nice feature of the site is the results preview. This can be viewed by hovering the cursor over the document icon in the results list.
One thing to watch out for is that in the results list only the top-level domain of the source is given. Ideally you would be looking for the full URL of the document in order to be able to locate it later and reference it correctly. The site is in beta so hopefully this feedback will be taken and included in any further updates to the site.
To get an idea of the kinds of searches you can run on zanran there is a page of examples, including:
- oil consumption in brazil
- infant mortality rate in europe
- M4 money supply uk
- GDP growth china