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A major step forward for statistical data and metadata exchange standards

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Global community meet to discuss implementation of SDMX, and showcase tools

The third SDMX Global Conference took place in Washington during May 2-4, 2011.  Hosted by the World Bank and IMF, the conference was attended by more than 200 officials from 90 countries, as well as all major international agencies and six vendors including Google.

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.

World Development Indicators 2011 database and publication available now

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wdi 2011The World Development Indicators 2011 publication and database update are now available. The publication is the 15th edition of WDI and the database now contains updated data through 2009 or 2010 for many indicators. A number of additions and improvements have been made to the WDI database in this update.

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.

East Asian economies to grow by 8 percent in 2011 and 2012

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Singapore, March 21, 2011 – According to the World Bank’s twice-yearly economic update on the East Asia and Pacific region, real GDP growth in East Asia will settle to about 8 percent in 2011 and 2012 from about 9.6 percent in 2010. Growth in the region was surprisingly strong and broad based, with six countries in developing East Asia growing by 7 percent or more in 2010.

Global Preferential Trade Agreement Database (GPTAD)

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The World Bank International Trade Department is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Preferential Trade Agreement Database (GPTAD).

The GPTAD provides information on preferential trade agreements (PTAs) around the world, including agreements that have not been notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO). It is designed to help trade policy makers, scholars, and business operators better understand and navigate the world of PTAs.

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