UPDATE: The DataFinder iPhone app is now live! Download it from the app store by clicking here.
If you've ever needed a quick fix of GDP (or any other such data) to go, the new DataFinder app should help.
We're still waiting on approval from the iTunes store, but we submitted the DataFinder application for approval a few weeks ago and hope that it will be available in early April. Fingers crossed. Once it is available, you'll be able to access, graph, and share World Bank data whenever you need it, right on your iPhone.
The DataFinder app taps into a subset of the World Development Indicators that are currently available in the API. (Expect more in the next release of the app.) Users can choose indicators, countries, and time spans, and have data charted right on their phone. The charts (as well as CSV exports of the data) can be saved to the phone, emailed to friends, and used anywhere an image can be embedded, print and on the web.
A few screenshots below:
We'll be sure to let you know when the app is actually available on the iTunes store.
Oh, and for those of you that may be wondering: why an iPhone app? The app is just one little project that is part of our efforts to share more Bank data, and also make Bank information more accessible on mobile devices. We're working on other data initiatives, and looking very closely at the mobile web experience in addition to device-specific apps. The iPhone app was a way for us to experiment using the resources we had in-house — so don't worry, there'll be more coming, for different platforms, soon.
Let us know what you think we should be working on next!