If you've ever visited the World Bank's main data website (data.worldbank.org) you've probably used data from World Development Indicators (WDI). It’s a curated collection of comparable, relevant, international development data and statistics, constructed from some of the best sources around the world. And it’s part of the backbone of the Bank's Open Data Initiative - with over 900 indicators for 200 economies, many of them going back to 1960. It’s available as a book for free download or for sale, as a database, in mobile apps, through an API for software developers, and - if you’re so inclined - as a big old bulk download file.
But let’s get to the point: this year we’ve reviewed our dissemination strategy for the WDI, and decided to make some improvements. Our aim is to find the best way to put data on development into the hands of policy makers, specialists, students, and the public everywhere.