World Bank Posts 2000 Data Sets Online, By Elizabeth Montalbano, InformationWeek (April 21, 2010).
In an effort to make its data more widely available, the World Bank this week released online more than 2,000 data sets documenting human development worldwide.
The data — available online at the World Bank’s Open Data Web site — includes worldwide information about health, business, finance, environment, and social welfare statistics that were previously available only to paying customers.
…In conjunction with the site, the World Bank released an iPhone application called DataFinder, which allows search of the Open Data site and the creation of charts or data visualizations from iPhones.
Data Catalog “The Data Catalog provides download access to over 2,000 indicators from World Bank data sources.”
The World Bank’s Open Data initiative is intended to provide all users with access to World Bank data…. These resources include databases, pre-formatted tables and reports. Each of the listings includes a description of the data source and a direct link to that source. Where possible, the databases are linked directly to a selection screen to allow users to select the countries, indicators, and years they would like to search. Those search results can be exported in different formats. Users can also choose to download the entire database directly from the catalog.
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