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World Bank joins open data initiative

World Bank fileAs part of the open data initiative, the World Bank launched, a Web site that provides free, open and easy access to statistics and indicators about development. Visitors to the site can easily find, download, manipulate, use, and re-use the data compiled by the World Bank, without restrictions.

The open data initiative is part of the World Bank’s decision to be more accessible, and the new data site provides user-friendly access to key development indicators in four languages: English, Spanish, French and Arabic.

This new open data initiative coincides with the release of the World Development Indicators (WDI) 2010, one of the Bank’s most popular statistical resources. In addition to providing open access to the WDI, which provides data for nearly 1000 indicators, the Bank’s data initiative also opens up access to the Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and indicators from the Doing Business Report. [22apr10]

The Data Catalog provides download access to over 2,000 indicators from World Bank data sources. According to the database Terms of Use, users must include attribution but are free to copy, distribute, adapt, display or include the data in other products for commercial and noncommercial purposes at no cost subject to certain limitations summarized below.

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