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More ways to access the Doing Business data: improvements, tips & tricks

World Bank Data Team's picture

The World Bank Group’s Doing Business project collects objective data on 11 areas of business regulations and their enforcement across the largest business cities of 190 economies.

To provide wide-ranging access, we make the World Bank Group’s Doing Business data available through various channels. Apart from the Doing Business website, the full dataset is available via:

  1. DataBank, a query tool which allows users to select indicators, economies and time periods
  2. Data Catalog, a one-stop shop for all of World Bank’s development data
  3. For more experienced users, indicators API make it easy to access the data programmatically (an API allows users to download data without interacting with a user interface);

In an effort to further improve the usability of the data, the Data Group, in close collaboration with the Doing Business team, has recently updated the Doing Business DataBank platform to offer users a set of enhanced analytical tools. We highlight a few of these tools and features and hope you will find them useful for your research:

  1. Simplified user interface and indicator search

The Doing Business data are organized according to 11 areas of business regulation, including “Starting a business”, “Registering Property” or “Getting electricity”, among other. Each of these topics has several components. For example, “Getting electricity” is composed of four sub indicators including the number, cost and time of each regulatory procedure required to connect to an electricity grid as well as the reliability of supply and transparency of tariff. The DataBank interface allows users to search for indicators within each topic in a simple and coherent way. All indicators within a topic are collapsed into a single category, and users can browse all topics in a side bar.

5 things you didn't know you could do with the Gender Data Portal

World Bank Gender Data Team's picture

Our Gender Data Portal is the World Bank Group’s comprehensive source for historical and current data disaggregated by sex. This data site brings together high-quality, curated data on women and men (and girls and boys) in an easy-to-use platform that covers a wide range of topics such as demography, education, health, economic opportunities, public life and decision-making, and agency. The Gender Data Portal is the go-to place for reliable data disaggregated by sex for countries and regions around the world.

Here are 5 things you can do in our Gender Data Portal:

  1. Easily access data

Time-series data can be downloaded by typing the name of the indicator of interest, exploring the list of indicators, through the data query in DataBank, and the Application Programing Indicators (APIs). Users can also download bulk versions of the database in Excel and CSV.

Multilingual DataBank

Reza Farivari's picture

A year ago we had a post on launching a new version of the World Bank’s data query system, DataBank, offering over 9,000 indicators with which users can create custom reports with tables, charts, or maps. These live reports can then be saved, shared between users, and embedded as widgets on websites or blogs. A year later, DataBank is multilingual, offering a multilingual interface across the different databases and fully-translated data from the World Development Indicators. We’ve asked one of the founding fathers of DataBank and Open Data’s Lead Information Officer, Reza Farivari, to tell us about the tool and what to expect in the future.

Your own little slice of World Bank Open Data

Soong Sup Lee's picture

A number of World Bank Open Data users have been taking advantage of the new Databank. Databank offers over 8,000 indicators with which to create and save custom reports with tables, charts, or maps. The saved reports are updated automatically when the data are udpated. And you can revisit, share, and embed the tables, charts, or maps as widgets on websites or blogs.