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New Database: UN Office on Drugs and Crime and World Bank Group Launch New Anti-Corruption Legal Library With Legislation From

From INFOdocket:

The UNCAC Legal Library is a comprehensive database of anti-corruption and asset recovery legislation and jurisprudence from over 175 States, systematized in accordance with the requirements of the Convention. The Legal Library, which will be regularly updated, identifies laws that have been successfully used to recover assets as well as barriers to asset recovery caused by inadequate or incompatible legal frameworks. This practical and user-friendly resource will aid countries as they design and improve their legal frameworks so that these are more conducive to the recovery of stolen assets.

Finally, you’ll find a link to background about the new TRACK (Tools and Resources for Anti-Corruption Knowledge) portal also from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

World Bank data also includes API

The news about the World Bank opening up its data just gets better and better. I talked with Jose de Buerba at the World Bank yesterday. Jose confirmed the open access and also said that the site also includes a link to the World Bank Data API and that they encourage developers to create new applications with the data. It also has a link to DataFinder, the new World Bank iphone application. They’re now in phase I of their data plan, the launch. Phase II will focus on improvements to the API. Very cool indeed! If anyone builds mashups with World Bank data, please leave a comment here and/or email Jose (jdebuerba@worldbank.org). They’re very keen on understanding how researchers, developers, students and the public are using their data.

World Bank Posts Data Online

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.

iSimulate – collaborative economic modeling

Macroeconomic modeling might not be everyone’s cup of tea but for those practitioners of the "dismal science", computer-based economic modeling is essential.  David and Gauresh are two World Bank staff who work with economic data.  In a kind of internal "grassroots" programming effort they’ve built a web interface to access the World Bank’s economic simulation models.  The nice twist is that they plan to offer it free to anyone who wants to use it.  I met them this winter and I’ve been following their progress for several months now.  Today I learned that the site is now on the web.

Some blurbage about iSimulate:

  • Policy makers, students and others in developing countries are able to simulate domestic policies, analyze the impact of international developments and do cross-country analyses from remote locations.
  • It is possible to organize collaborative forecasts and analyses of the world economy with teams of individuals spread across the globe.
  • Provides a user-friendly and standardized interface to often complicated macroeconomic modeling tools.