This year's Development Marketplace global competition did more than just find ideas to save the world: it shared the ideas and the people who make them happen with the rest of us.
Today, we’re excited to announce a new initiative with Google that brings 17 of the World Development Indicators to a special public data feature in Google search results. One year ago, we launched the World Bank API which allows developers to build applications using an assortment of World Bank data, and we couldn’t help but dream of an opportunity like this with Google.
The human toll of natural disasters in Vietnam… entrepreneurs in Rwanda… wind power in Egypt… an infant with jaundice in Nepal… World Bank slideshows connect users with diverse people and places through the open window of a computer screen.
I'll jot down some more coherent and cohesive thoughts about the Summit during my red-eye back to DC later tonight, but for now, I wanted to share a few presentations, issues, and ideas that have jumped out at me during the session so far.
I'm off to the Web 2.0 Summit tomorrow and will be regularly blogging about some of the presentations, workshops, and discussions I'll have there as the week rolls on.
We get quite a few questions about how the World Bank manages to coordinate its web presence in a multitude of languages and still keep most of the multilingual content up-to-date and relevant.
Things have been quiet here for a while because a bunch of us have been out in Istanbul for the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings. Expect more posts in the next few days, there's a lot going on over the next little while.
A quick glimpse of what to expect over the next week or so:
Moving up the rankings never looked so good.