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World Bank opens up its data

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We've written about open data quite a bit on Inside the Web in the past because we believe that making data open to a wider audience is important for international development. The launch of our API was an important first step for our open data efforts — today, we're taking the next big step.

And it's more of a leap than a step.

Today, we're excited to annouce that the World Bank is opening up a significant portion of its data to the world, for free. This constitutes one of the largest collections of open data on development and global economics on the web.

You can find all the data on the new, where you can search indicators, download data sets, visualize and map indicators, and use our web services (API) to build your own applications

Here's a video by World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick with more on the open data initiative:

Of course, this is just a first phase: we'll be adding more datasets, creating more functionality, and updating the API over the next few weeks and months. We'll also be hosting events and programs for the developer community, and responding to your requests for features and other ideas.

Check out and see the new direction that we're moving in here at the Bank. Let us know if you have any questions, if you catch any bugs, or if you have any ideas for the future.

And of course, if you're using the data in new and innovative ways, let us know and we'll be glad to feature your projects and applications here and on the site.

Looking forward to your feedback.


Submitted by Prof Dr A S Chaudhuri on
If possible please send me your valuable data in a CD-ROM and a Print copy. These will be used only for academic research work. Thanks Prof Dr A S Chaudhuri Emeritus Fellow, AICTE Dr B C Roy Engineering College Jemua Road, Fuljhore Durgapur 713206 West Bengal India

Professor Chaudhuri, I have passed along your request to the data team at the Bank, I'm sure you'll be hearing from them soon.

Submitted by Jose de Buerba on
Professor Chaudhuri, Data in print and CD-ROM can be obtained locally in India through the World Bank network of local trade partners. Please follow this link for a complete list: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to write to me directly at [email protected]

Submitted by R Fahey on
Great initiative from the World Bank. Really looking forward to seeing the new and interesting third party applications and visualizations that will inevitably follow from this.

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