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(Kitco News) - Google continues to expand its support for blockchain technology as its Google Cloud division has announced the addition of 11 new networks to its BigQuery public datasets, allowing users to make intricate on-chain queries, such as assessing the number of NFTs minted or contrasting transaction fees across these chains.

“Early in 2018, Google Cloud worked with the community to democratize blockchain data via our BigQuery public datasets; in 2019, we expanded with six more datasets,” the announcement from Google Cloud said. “Today, we’ve added eleven more of the most in-demand blockchains to the BigQuery public datasets, in preview.”

The new chains include Avalanche, Arbitrum, Cronos, the Görli testnet on Ethereum, Fantom, Near, Optimism, Polkadot, Polygon mainnet, Polygon Mumbai, and Tron. Google has also made improvements to the Bitcoin BigQuery dataset “by adding Satoshis/Ordinals to the open-source blockchain-ETL datasets for developers to query,” they said.

Google said the new additions come as “blockchain foundations, Web3 analytics firms, partners, developers, and customers” have told the company they want a more “comprehensive view across the crypto landscape, and to be able to query more chains.”

“They want to answer complex questions and verify subjective claims such as ‘How many NFTs were minted today across three specific chains?’ ‘How do transaction fees compare across chains?’ and ‘How many active wallets are on the top EVM chains?’” Google said.

The addition of some of the most popular networks to BigQuery helps to simplify the process of accessing data on blockchain networks and will help the Web3 community provide answers to questions like those presented above without the need to operate nodes or maintain an indexer.

“Customers can now query full on-chain transaction history off-chain to understand the flow of assets from one wallet to another, which tokens are most popular, and how users are interacting with smart contracts,” Google said.

In addition to community-managed datasets on BigQuery, Google is developing “first-party Google Cloud managed datasets” that offer additional features.

This includes the creation of a “Google Cloud managed Ethereum dataset” that offers a full representation of the data model native to Ethereum with curated tables for events. “Customers that are looking for richer analysis on Ethereum will be able to access derived data to easily query wallet balances, transactions related to specific tokens (ERC20, ERC721, ERC1155), or interactions with smart contracts,” Google said.

The overarching goal is to provide customers and the Web3 community with fast and reliable enterprise-grade results. This includes making on-chain data more accessible off-chain, they said.

“Today, customers interested in blockchain data must first get access to the right nodes, then develop and maintain an indexer that transforms the data into a queryable data model,” Google said. “They then repeat this process for every protocol they’re interested in.”

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Drawing from Google’s expertise in scalable data processing, they are developing a system that makes “on-chain data accessible off-chain for easier consumption and composability, enabling developers to access blockchain data without nodes,” they said. “This means that customers can access blockchain data as easily as they would their own data. By joining chain data with application data, customers can get a complete picture of their users and their business.”

Google said they will continue to support the blockchain community by offering public blockchain datasets and will add new blockchains and features as the need arises.

BigQuery first launched in 2018 with the goal of providing developers access to on-chain data for Bitcoin and Ethereum. Support for Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Dogecoin, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, and Zcash was added in 2018, which means the platform now supports a total of 19 networks.

Google Cloud also provides web3 infrastructure services, such as node hosting and the management of validator operations, for various blockchains, including Ethereum, Solana, and Aptos.

In October, Google and Coinbase formed a strategic Web3 partnership that enabled certain customers to pay for cloud services using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, simplifying the payment process for customers that operate in the Web3 space.

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