“The website has something for everyone. Someone who just has one minute and really knows what they’re looking for, to someone who wants to do research and explore the database, or an application developer who wants to link to the database directly” - Shaida Badiee, Director Development Data Group, World Bank
data.worldbank.org opens World Bank databases to all users and includes World Development Indicators (WDI) -- one of the world’s most reliable and comprehensive databases on developing economies--, Doing Business, and many others. These data give a better understanding the human condition in some of the poorest countries and developing economies around the world.
The site allows users several ways to access the data they are looking for. There are several options to find the information and use it effectively. The Data home page offers users the option to access the data directly through the database, by country, by topic, or by indicator. All of the available databases and other data sources are listed in the Data Catalog.
The Countries page provides a listing of all economies, listed alphabetically. Data are shown for all economies with populations of more than 30,000 and smaller economies if they are members of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) or, as it is commonly known, the World Bank. The term country, used interchangeably with economy, does not imply political independence, but refers to any territory for which authorities report separate social or economic statistics.
Users can choose a country from the list and will be presented with a page displaying relevant data for that choice. The top of the page provides context information: region, income group, the country’s GDP, and population.
The Topics page provides an alphabetical listing of economic development topics,. Users can choose from the list of sixteen topics and will be presented with a page displaying relevant information for that choice. The page presents a short description of the topic, topic related indicators, regional aggregates, and visualizations of key data. Users can also select a single indicator from the indicators list and view data for over 200 countries and the last five years. If additional data for the topic is needed, the Data Catalog is readily accessible for a complete list of databases, reports, and tables. A direct link to the Data Bank is also available at the top of the page for quick and easy access to six of the World Bank’s main databases. The listing of databases will in Data Bank will continue to be updated and expanded on.
The Indicators page provides a listing of 331 indicators from World Development Indicators (WDI), listed alphabetically. World Development Indicators is the World Bank’s premier annual compilation of development data drawing on data from the World Bank and internationally recognized sources. It is the statistical benchmark that helps measure the progress of development. The indicators listing will continue to be updated to incorporate all of the more than 800 indicators from the World Development Indicators.
Choosing from the list of indicators will present users with a detailed description of the indicator and data for over 200 countries. Indicators are shown for the most recent year or period and the preceding four years for which data is available. The data can be presented as a table or a map and be downloaded in various formats. A direct link to the Data Bank is also available for users who want to access additional data from the WDI and other data sources.
The World Bank's Open Data initiative is intended to provide all users with access to World Bank data. The data catalog is a listing of available World Bank data sources and provides access to over 2,000 indicators. This listing will continue to be updated as additional data resources are added.
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