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Exploring a BigQuery Public Dataset

BigQuery excels at analyzing an organization’s custom data, but it also has built-in access to a great number of public datasets. Not only can these public datasets be useful in a business context, but they can also be helpful when one is familiarizing oneself with BigQuery operations and procedures. In this hands-on lab, you’ll query the Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Strikes dataset from the Department of Commerce agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to find the date when the most lightning struck in a single day of a given year as well as where the most lightning strikes are located.


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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Jun 23, 2022

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Enable the Necessary APIs

    Enable the BigQuery API, either through the user interface or the Cloud Shell.

  2. Challenge

    Connect to a Public Dataset

    Identify and connect to the desired public dataset.

  3. Challenge

    Query the Dataset

    Input and run the desired queries.

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