World Bank takes new step to make data more accessible

Interested in a World Bank report or publication? The multilateral lender’s books, articles, reports and research papers are now more easily accessible for use and reuse, including commercially.

The World Bank launched April 10 its Open Knowledge Repository, a one-stop, search engine-friendly tool that consolidates its more than 2,000-strong publications and research documents. The tool provides free and unrestricted access and will be continuously updated with new materials

The bank has also adopted Creative Commons licensing, the first major international organization to do so. Creative Commons is a nonprofit group that provides licenses designed to accommodate the expanded access to information offered by the Internet.

These two moves are in line with the World Bank’s ongoing campaign to make open its treasure trove of data available to the public. They are part of the bank’s new open access policy, which will officially take effect July 1. The policy formalizes the bank’s efforts at open data access and will help ensure that World Bank publications and reports can be shared and reused freely, provided the organization is credited.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.