07/01/2011 - 07:59
Each year on July 1 the World Bank revises its classification of the world’s economies based on estimates of gross national income (GNI) per capita for the previous year. Income classifications on the country pages of the Open Data site and regional and income group aggregates in the World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, and other databases will be revised accordingly at the time of their next scheduled release.
06/15/2011 - 13:50
New web-based tool makes information about national statistical systems easier to find and share
‘I found your site by accident today while researching statistical needs for health indicators on the Millennium Development Goals. I can't believe that I didn't know about it already.’ said a statistician from New Zealand when she found out about the VSS website while working in a developing country.
05/05/2011 - 11:44
Global community meet to discuss implementation of SDMX, and showcase tools
The third SDMX Global Conference took place in Washington during May 2-4, 2011. Hosted by the World Bank and IMF, the conference was attended by more than 200 officials from 90 countries, as well as all major international agencies and six vendors including Google.
05/05/2011 - 08:44
Living Standard Measurement Study (LSMS) team plays vital role and travels many back roads
Eighty-eight surveys of very poor households spanning 26 years, 90% of them open to the public
Firsthand microdata helps people understand living standards, poverty and inequality
May 5, 2011 – For two to three weeks at a time, Kathleen Beegle disappears into the wide open spaces of rural Africa.
04/19/2011 - 16:53
It’s been a year since the World Bank made its public databases, including the World Development Indicators database available as open data: free of charge, in accessible non-proprietary machine-readable formats, and using an open license for use and re-use. At the time of the open data announcement there were around 140,000 regular users of the subscription database annually. But providing free and easier access to the databases has had an immediate and lasting impact on data use.
04/14/2011 - 08:02
The World Development Indicators 2011 publication and database update are now available. The publication is the 15th edition of WDI and the database now contains updated data through 2009 or 2010 for many indicators. A number of additions and improvements have been made to the WDI database in this update.
04/07/2011 - 15:19
On April 14, watch live as the World Bank announces the winners of the first-ever Apps for Development competition.
The World Bank launched its Open Data Initiative in April, 2010. This initiative made available an array of data sets, including the World Development Indicators, African Development Indicators, and Millennium Development Goals Indicators – free for all.
The Apps for Development Competition set out to bring together the best ideas from the software developer...
04/02/2011 - 13:34
The year is 1966:
England wins the World Cup.
Star Trek, the classic science fiction television series, debuts on NBC-TV.
The Beatles begin recording sessions for their landmark Sgt.
03/21/2011 - 13:17
Singapore, March 21, 2011 – According to the World Bank’s twice-yearly economic update on the East Asia and Pacific region, real GDP growth in East Asia will settle to about 8 percent in 2011 and 2012 from about 9.6 percent in 2010. Growth in the region was surprisingly strong and broad based, with six countries in developing East Asia growing by 7 percent or more in 2010.