Open Data at World Bank

The World Bank has announced that it is making all of its data freely available via the website

data.worldbank.org

Major databases such as World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Global Economic Monitor, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics and more are now available to browse or to download in their entirety.   The Data Catalog gives quick access to all the datasets.

Many of these datasets were only available via expensive subscription prior to this announcement, and unaffordable to us. Only World Development Indicators was subscribed to by Rutgers. For the time being, the World Development Indicators link on the Indexes & Databases page will continue to function as before, but anyone can now use data.worldbank.org to access it. We will eventually replace the database description for WDI with one that describes the full contents of the World Bank data site.

According to World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick, “It’s important to make the data and knowledge of the World Bank available to everyone. Statistics tell the story of people in developing and emerging countries and can play an important part in helping to overcome poverty.”

This is a very positive development!

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