The Development Data Group of the World Bank uses the following systems for data retrieval and dissemination:
• As part of the World Bank's new open data initiative (ODI), the Bank launched a new website http://data.worldbank.org in April 2010 to provide free, open and easy access to over 8,000 indicators in four languages: English, Spanish, French Arabic and Chinese. Visitors to the site can easily find, download, manipulate, use, and re-use the data compiled by the World Bank, without restrictions. They can also take advantage of graph and mapping tools. Over the past year, more World Bank datasets, such as Climate Change, Projects and Operations, Finance and Microdata have been added to the data repositories that have joined the ODI. The site allows individuals, groups, and organizations to create applications, programs, visualizations, and other tools that will help monitor and measure progress of various development initiatives and projects. Additionally, the data can be used to create new and innovative solutions for international development, helping with the World Bank's mission to reduce poverty across the globe. One of the components of the new Open Data is the data retrieval system called the DataBank providing access to over 40 30 databases. Some of the links available from the DataBank on various topical databases include:
• The Gateway initiative is envisioned as a portal website on development issues, from which users will be able to access information, resources and tools, and into which they will be able to contribute their own knowledge and experience http://www.developmentgateway.org/.
• As part of the World Bank's new Access to Information Policy and building on the success of the Open Data initiative the Mapping for Results Platform was by the World Bank Institute and AidData in partnership with various World Bank departments (AFTSD, LCSDE, DECDG, OPCS) to geo-reference and visualize the geographic location of World Bank financed projects and international aid programs at the sub-national level. See http://maps.worldbank.org/.
• The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) web site provides access to documentation and data from LSMS surveys done in all regions, including ECE Region. http://www.worldbank.org/lsms/lsmshome.html.
• The World Bank Microdata Library (http://microdata.worldbank.org) provides access to survey and census data and metadata. The number of surveys and censuses listed in this catalog is expected to grow significantly in 2012. . The Microdata Library will keep expanding in 2013.
• Data Visualizer is a tool creating animated charts using the most widely used and official development data. New tools and emerging techniques are providing new opportunities for visualizing data and making it more interesting to users. Adding animation to this only increases its impact. To use this new tool, see http://devdata.worldbank.org/DataVisualizer/.
• The new version of the World Bank's DataFinder 3,0 is now available on three platforms - iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry. This application is part of the World Bank's Open Data Initiative to make development data more accessible and easier to use. This is an offline application and does not require a 3G or WiFi connection to the World Bank's Open Data website. Users can are presented with a pre-selected set of indicators for a country/country grouping or for a thematic topic (e.g. environment, gender, trade etc.). Data can be charted or viewed on an animated map. Users can also compare indicators for two countries. All tables, charts, maps can be shared via email or via social media software such Facebook and Twitter. the new DataFinder 3.0 has an Advanced Query Feature that allows users to create their own data tables and charts from 50 years of World Bank data on more than 1,100 global social and economic indicators for over 200 countries/economies and country groups - all of which can be used in presentations, projects, and shared via email. it also contains improved visualizations including a map with zoom-in features. Since the launch of the first DataFinder application, major improvements have been made, including the ability to switch between tables, lines and bar charts; view data in tabular forms; display charts with more than one country and more than one indicator; navigate forward/backward between countries and indicators, etc. will be downloadable in 2012 from Apple, Google and the Blackberry stores. For more information, see http://data.worldbank.org/apps
• A full app gives access to all indicators from WDI database, which include topic such as the Economy, Environment, Gender, Health, Population, Infrastructure, Private Sector Development, Trade, etc. This app is available in Chinese, English, French, and Spanish. To download, go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/world-bank-datafinder/id349081196?mt=8
• The app gives users mobile access to the World Bank’s education statistics database, which includes over 2,000 indicators on topics such as enrollment, completion, learning outcomes, education expenditures, teaches, and pre-primary to tertiary education. App users can access education data by country, topic, or indicator, and view the resulting data in tables, charts, or maps that can be easily shared though email, Facebook, and Twitter. To download, go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/world-bank-edstats-datafinder/id467566445?mt=8
• The app provides easy access to global development indicators on employments, human capital and skills, labor market institutions and the business environment. Its collection of development indicators is compiled from officially-recognized international sources and represents the most recent and accurate data on these topics. The data is shared through the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative and is supported by the Jobs Knowledge Platform. To download, go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/world-bank-jobs-datafinder/id557102462?mt=8
Poverty and Inequality DataFinder
• This app provides quick access to the latest poverty and inequality indicators for more than 120 developing countries. Visualize trends in charts and maps, explore the indicators in tables, and share them with friends and colleagues through email and social media. The Poverty Datafinder is useful to students, professors, researchers, development practitioners, and anyone looking to learn more about poverty and inequality in the developing world. To download, go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/world-bank-poverty-inequality/id557157064?mt=8
• This app contains the most current Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) data for over 250 indicators and more than 200 countries and regional/income groups. The app gives users mobile access to the World Bank’s HNP statistics database, which includes topics such as health, HIV/AIDS, immunization, infectious diseases, medical resources and usage, nutrition, population dynamics, reproductive health, cause of death, non-communicable diseases, water and sanitation, with background information in poverty, labor force, economy and education. To download, go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/world-bank-hnpstats-datafinder/id555291286?mt=8
New Data Portals/Websites
• The World Bank has developed new websites that are collections of freely available data and tools. They provide data dashboards on various topics and contain tables, charts, and maps as well as access to all the underlying data through our latest data visualization and sharing application, DataBank.
For more information, see http://data.worldbank.org/products/data-portals
• Together with the IMF, the World Bank will continue to work on the General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) which provides guidelines to the countries in the dissemination of economic, financial and socio-demographic data to the public and establishes a broad framework for countries seeking improvements in their statistical systems. The World Bank has developed guidelines for the preparation of metadata covering the following areas: population, education, health, poverty assessment and monitoring. The World Bank, as part of phase one of this project, in collaboration with the IMF, has been participating in regional seminars and in preparation of the GDDS metadata for participating countries, as well as providing technical support from headquarters or in the field to staff of member countries participating in the GDDS.
• For WITS and Trade visualizers, see section 2.6.