03/15/2012 - 09:54
Stata is a statistical computing package widely used in the business and academic worlds. We use it at the World Bank and it’s great to see a new version of the wbopendata module that gives Stata users direct access to much of the data on data.worldbank.org.
02/27/2012 - 19:06
It’s exciting to see increasing interest and activity in the Apps For Climate competition. With less than three weeks left before the March 16th submission deadline and a $15,000 first prize, we wanted to take a minute to publish the latest news.
02/24/2012 - 14:32
Innovations in social media, mobile phones and interactive mapping are powerful tools to mobilize citizens and provide people with a voice. Governments can take advantage of the growing use of mobile technology, Facebook, Twitter, and interactive mapping in order to more deeply engage its citizens.
02/07/2012 - 18:05
Last week, about 50 people attended a meeting at the World Bank on ways that climate data and open source tools might be harnessed to address the challenges of climate change and development. The occasion for the meeting was the Apps For Climate competition, currently underway with a submission deadline of March 16th. But with both climate specialists and developers in the room, participants were just as interested in discussing the current state of knowledge, and exploring ways to bridge...
02/03/2012 - 15:49
Image credit: Pierre Holtz, UNICEF
Globally, girls are less likely to attend school, have secure jobs, or hold public office. But by most measures, they have an advantage in one area: malnutrition.
02/01/2012 - 09:41
The Climate Data Meeting yesterday was a big success. About 30 people attended the World Bank event in person, with a fairly equal mix of backgrounds in climate and application development. Another 21+ people attended via the online video conference.
01/12/2012 - 18:24
Join us at the World Bank on January 31st for a discussion about using open data to address the challenges of climate change.
12/20/2011 - 16:09
Updates to external debt, Doing Business, and more
The World Development Indicators database was updated on December 15, 2011. The update features new external debt data, Doing Business and Enterprise Surveys indicators, immunization and tuberculosis series, and revised national accounts, balance of payments, monetary and government finance indicators, and education statistics. Emissions and energy-related data, including twenty new indicators, have been updated to coincide with the release of...
12/15/2011 - 10:32
As another year comes to a close, it seems a good time to look at what actually happened to international capital flows to developing countries in 2010 and what that may tell us about how they are likely to have shaped up in 2011.