So if you search for COVID vaccination information in Google Search, Google gives you these lovely charts of how many people have been vaccinated by country, state, etc. But the organization that is providing this data is named Our World in Data and the founder, Max Roser, asked Google that if they want to use its data, can they at least link to the organization’s website and not github?
Max Roser, the founder of this organization said on Twitter Google, it is “great that you show our Our World In Data data directly in your search results! But would it be possible that you link to our site, rather than our GitHub repo? It’d be better for us – but also better for your users since they’d find much more relevant information there.”
This request was made made a few days ago and at the time I wrote this article, Google is not linking to Our World in Data but still the link goes to Github.
You can get the data also on its site and Google can link to that:
Currently you link to our GitHub data repo https://t.co/9y8ulysDXv
But we have this vaccination page where people can find much more relevant information https://t.co/7lOyDa4W8X
Posting this here in the hopes that someone at @Google sees it.
We don’t know who to contact there.
— Max Roser (@MaxCRoser) April 19, 2021
Danny Sullivan of Google said he would pass the request along but nothing has been changed yet. I do not think this request is too much to ask?
Yes, I’ll pass this on to the team so we can check on it.
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) April 19, 2021
I hope Google does make this link change.
Forum discussion at Twitter.