Are you interested in the accessibility of research, the application of data and the future of development policy? Don't miss these three events happening at the World Bank this week:
- Monday 22nd at 4pm EST: The Kickoff of Open Access Week 2012 
- Thursday 25th at 2pm EST: "Turning Big Data into Big Impact" 
- Thursday 25th- Friday 26th: "Using History to Inform Development Policy" 
What? The Kickoff of Open Access Week, Discussion and Reception
When? Today Monday 22nd at 4pm EST. Live online  from the World Bank.
Open Access Week  is a global event promoting Open Access  in scholarship and research. The World Bank adopted an Open Access Policy for our research outputs and knowledge products in July - this week, we're pleased to be hosting the kick-off of Open Access Week 2012  in partnership with SPARC . We'll be starting with a panel discussion sharing "Perspectives on Open Access: Practice, Progress and Pitfalls" followed by a reception.
What? Turning Big Data into Big Impact
When? Thursday 25th, 2pm EST in room MC 13-121
Limited space - RSVP by Wednesday 24th 
How can development-focused organizations use or experiment with Big Data to improve their work and operations? Join us as we welcome Jake Porway  of DataKind and Anthony Goldbloom  of Kaggle and learn more about the practical and tactical side of Big Data.
What? Using History to Inform Development Policy
When? Thursday 25th - Friday 26th, 2pm EST in room JB1-080
Limited space - please register ASAP 
Thanks to the World Bank's efforts to be more open  - our vast storehouse of archival material - dating from the inception of the Bank in the 1940s - offers new frontiers for bringing historical research to bear on the World Bank's practices and policies and on the evolution of development policy. Join us for this two day workshop  which will explore, through a combination of case studies and thematic, how history strengthens the effectiveness of development work and discuss the benefits of using methodological tools from different social sciences - a mixture of narrative techniques and economic analysis.