[Smlr_net] WORLD BANK GROUP OPENS DATA TO ALL

Eugene McElroy mcelroy at work.rutgers.edu
Wed Apr 21 12:18:30 EDT 2010


*April 20, 2010*—The World Bank Group said today it will offer free access
to more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human
development statistics that had mostly been available only to paying
subscribers.

The decision─part of a larger effort to increase access to information at
the World Bank─means that researchers, journalists, nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs), entrepreneurs and school children alike will be able
to tap into the World Bank's databases via a new website,
data.worldbank.org. <http://data.worldbank.org/>

World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Africa Development
Indicators, and Global Economic Monitor are now free, open, and easy to
access at data.worldbank.org
Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to
development, the World Bank Group now provides free, open, and easy access
to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe—some
2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data is
available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English.
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