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

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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.

Adding energy data to the World Bank’s data catalog

Tim Herzog's picture

The World Bank data catalog is an ongoing effort to provide a “one-stop shop” for all Bank data related to development. That aspiration took a big step forward this week as we completed the addition of datasets from the World Bank’s ENERGYDATA.INFO platform. ENERGYDATA.INFO continues to provide public access to hundreds of datasets from over a dozen organizations on topics such as solar and wind measurement data, electricity transmission networks and energy access. Users may now search for and download those same datasets from the Bank-wide catalog.

This integration is similar to previous efforts to provide greater data access. The World Bank’s finances platform, microdata platform, and open data catalog have all been added to the data catalog. For data users and Bank staff alike, there is a clear benefit in being able to search and access all available data from a single online location. The data catalog also provides a consistent approach to data licensing, so users can understand which datasets are open data, which are subject to third-party terms, and which may carry other restrictions.

5 Reasons to Check out the World Bank’s new Data Catalog

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Data is the key ingredient for evidence based policy making. A growing family of artificial intelligence techniques are transforming how we use data for development. But for these and more traditional techniques to be successful, they need a foundation in good data. We need high quality data that is well managed, and that is appropriately stored, accessed, shared and reused.

The World Bank’s new data catalog transforms the way we manage data. It provides access to over 3,000 datasets and 14,000 indicators and includes microdata, time series statistics, and geospatial data.

Open data is at the heart of our strategy

Since its launch in 2010, the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative has provided free, open access to the Bank’s development data. We’ve continuously updated our data dissemination and visualization tools, and we’ve supported countries to launch their own open data initiatives.

We’re strong advocates for open data, but we also recognize that some data, often by virtue of how it has been acquired or the subjects it covers, may have limitations on how it can be used. In the new data catalog, rather than having such data remain unpublished, we’re making many of these previously unpublished datasets available, and we document any restrictions on how they can be used. This new catalog is an extension of the open data catalog and relies heavily on the work previously done by the microdata library.