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April 2011

A year of Open Data

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It’s been a year since the World Bank made its public databases, including the World Development Indicators database available as open data: free of charge, in accessible non-proprietary machine-readable formats, and using an open license for use and re-use. At the time of the open data announcement there were around 140,000 regular users of the subscription database annually. But providing free and easier access to the databases has had an immediate and lasting impact on data use.

Apps for Development Competition winners to be announced on April 14

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On April 14, watch live as the World Bank announces the winners of the first-ever Apps for Development competition.

The World Bank launched its Open Data Initiative in April, 2010. This initiative made available an array of data sets, including the World Development Indicators, African Development Indicators, and Millennium Development Goals Indicators – free for all.

The Apps for Development Competition set out to bring together the best ideas from the software developer community to create innovative apps using World Bank data.