The World Bank yesterday, 22nd September, made another important step toward improved transparency by making their data more accessible and user friendly. Having opened their data to the public in April 2010, data.worldbank.org has been extensively evaluated, and as a result now benefits from many improvements and added features.
More charts maps and graphs allow data to be compared across countries, regions and income groups, with over 1200 searchable indicators. These are now being developed as embeddable widgets so that the data can be accessed anywhere on the web, and not just on data.worldbank.org.
The site is now multilingual, having been launched in French, Spanish and Arabic, and includes more datasets and more explanations of each dataset.
Each of the improvements made to the World Bank site will make the data more usable and accessible, which in turn will deliver real accountability and aid transparency.
Read about the developments here.