Somewhere between readily available datasets and complex encrypted code lies a wealth of information that’s not immediately evident. Let’s call it “hidden data.” This information isn’t necessarily hidden on purpose or even hard to find, but it can be extremely valuable. With a little bit of searching, you can find illuminating comments, exact search results and even additional data sets. Here is a list of simple steps that can take your data sleuthing to the next level.Inspect Element
Behind each webpage is a series of code, sometimes bearing juicy tidbits just below the surface. The “inspect element” option on a website (control-click > “inspect element” on Chrome) lets users look directly at its code. Why look at code? Programmers often leave notes to themselves —notes show up in green text—or other illuminating background data such as image titles.