5 reasons to check out the World Bank’s new data catalog

World Bank
Aug 3, 2018 · 4 min read

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Data is the key ingredient for evidence based policy making. A growing family of artificial intelligence techniques are transforming how we use data for development. But for these and more traditional techniques to be successful, they need a foundation in good data. We need high quality data that is well managed, and that is appropriately stored, accessed, shared and reused.

The World Bank’s new data catalog transforms the way we manage data. It provides access to over 3,000 datasets and 14,000 indicators and includes microdata, time series statistics, and geospatial data.

Open data is at the heart of our strategy

We’re strong advocates for open data, but we also recognize that some data, often by virtue of how it has been acquired or the subjects it covers, may have limitations on how it can be used. In the new data catalog, rather than having such data remain unpublished, we’re making many of these previously unpublished datasets available, and we document any restrictions on how they can be used. This new catalog is an extension of the open data catalog and relies heavily on the work previously done by the microdata library.

Five reasons to use the new data catalog

1. Search

2. Geospatial catalog

3. Metadata

4. Data licenses — essential metadata that is often ignored

5. Tracking data use — citations & visualizations

How are you using the new catalog? Are there any features you particularly like or would like to see? You can get in touch on Twitter: @worldbankdata, by email: data@worldbank.org and you can take our data catalog survey.

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