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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.

The Changing Wealth of Nations: Measuring Sustainable Development for the New Millennium released

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Close to one third of the wealth of low-income countries comes from their “natural capital” which includes forests, protected areas, agricultural lands, energy and minerals, according to a new World Bank book launched on January 20, 2011. Countries that manage these natural assets carefully are able to move up the development ladder – investing more and more in manufactured capital, infrastructure and “intangible capital” like human skills and education, strong institutions, innovation and new technologies.

Global Economic Prospects 2011: Navigating Strong Currents released

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The world economy is moving from a post-crisis bounce-back phase of the recovery to slower but still solid growth this year and next, with developing countries contributing almost half of global growth. This is according to the World Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects 2011, a twice-yearly report examines growth trends for the global economy and how they affect developing countries.

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