World Bank Opens Development Data

We have blogged about the launch of World Bank Open API, that Phase2 has helped architect and develop, and later we wrote about how it enriched Google search results.

We have blogged about the launch of World Bank Open API, that Phase2 has helped architect and develop, and later we wrote about how it enriched Google search results.

Today World Bank announced another great news surrounding their Open API: World Bank has made a decision that it will offer free access to more than 2,000 financial, busines, health, economic and human development statistics that were mostly only available to paying subscribers.

The importance of this event can not be underestimated. Not only it means an enormous amount of data (200+ indicators, from 200 countries over 50 years) becoming free for all interested parties to crunch, mash-up and visualize, but it also is a strong signal to the Open Data world: if one of the largest owners of valuable data sets, The World Bank, sees benefit in opening its data, all others should consider it too.

To accompany the big announcement World Bank has also launched a beautiful, Drupal-driven, user-friendly web-site that visualizes API data in many interesting ways: http://data.worldbank.org. You should read more about the data.worldbank.org in a blog post by our friends at Development Seed, the company that lead the effort behind the new Drupal site.

Irakli Nadareishvili