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PIA Press Release
2010/05/19

WB offers free access to its database

Cebu City (19 May) -- The World Bank recently announced the availability and free access to its database on development statistics via the website, http://data.worldbank.org/.

Robert Zoellick, WB president, announced in April that the World Bank database holds more than 2000 data on finance, business, health, economy and human development statistics and some of these data date back 50 years ago.

Zoellick said statistics can play an important part in helping overcome poverty by its telling the story of people in developing and emerging countries.

Advocates of open data saw the move as the start of a new approach in looking at data or statistics. It opens an enormous opportunity to turn data into knowledge and useful applications to enhance transparency and accountability of all actors in development.

Free access to the WB database can empower citizens to get directly involved in the development process.

Researchers, journalists, entrepreneurs, non-government organizations, entrepreneurs and even students can now access the free database website that was previously available only to the paying subscribers and clients of World Bank. (PIA-7/NEDA-7) [top]

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