The launch of World Bank’s Open Data Initiative, in April this year, enabled the public to easily access an extensive set of bank’s information, data and reports on climate change, poverty and inequality and other issues.
These materials can be accessed for free online through the Open Data Portal. The data catalog is a listing of available World Bank datasets, including databases, pre-formatted tables, reports, and other resources.
On 23 November, World Bank launched also the Open Data for Climate Change Initiative. Individuals working on climate change, Policymakers, researchers and development practitioners can reach these data through the Climate Change Knowledge Portal. This portal will be regularly updated and more information will be released in the coming months, according to World Bank.
The Bank launched data.worldbank.org Website, on 22 April. This website provides free, open and easy access to statistics, indicators about development. The data on the Website can be easily found, downloaded, manipulated, used, and re-used, without restrictions.
World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick explained at that time the importance of this project. “I believe it’s important to make the data and knowledge of the World Bank available to everyone. Statistics tell the story of people in developing and emerging countries and can play an important part in helping to overcome poverty. They are now easily accessible on the Web for all users, and can be used to create new apps for development”, he said according to World Bank Website.