The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.
Through the OKR, The World Bank collects, disseminates, and permanently preserves its intellectual output in digital form. The OKR is interoperable with other repositories and supports optimal discoverability and re-usability of the content by complying with Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) standards and the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).
Upon launch in April 2012, the OKR contains research from thousands of works including:
World Bank published books from 2009-2012 which includes flagship publications, academic books and practitioner volumes;
All World Development Reports (WDRs) since 1978;
Policy Research Working Papers (PRWP) from 2009-2012, a series of papers that disseminate findings of work in progress in order to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues;
Economic and Sector Work (ESW) studies from 2009-2012, a series of analytical reports prepared by Bank staff. ESWs gather and evaluate information about a country’s economy and/or a specific sector;
Journal articles from 2007-2010 published in World Bank Economic Review (WBER) and World Bank Research Observer (WBRO), two journals published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the World Bank;
Content in languages other than English;
World Bank Group Annual Reports and Independent Evaluation Studies.
The OKR will be updated regularly as new research outputs and knowledge products are released for publication. New content will include:
Content published prior to 2009 (and prior to 2007 in the case of the WBER and the WBRO);
Bank-authored content published by third party publishers including journal articles, books and chapters;
Links to datasets associated with a specific work;
Other knowledge products published by the World Bank.