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The World Bank's Open Knowledge Repository

by Co-Founder at @mire on Nov 15, 2012

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Thomas Breineder - Project Manager, The World Bank, United States of America ...

Thomas Breineder - Project Manager, The World Bank, United States of America

The World Bank embraced the Open Agenda in 2010 and thereafter launched its Open Knowledge Repository in April 2012 and its Open Access policy in July 2012.

Today anybody is free to use, re-use and redistribute most of the Bank's knowledge products and research outputs. The World Bank products covered by the new policy are by default published under a liberal Creative Commons license (CC BY) and content which is published by a third party publisher is available under a more restrictive Creative Commons license.

The OKR (openknowledge.worldbank.org) contains a range of content (>8000 documents) focused on Bank research and knowledge from 2005-2012, including institutional flagship publications (such as World Development Report), books and journals (such as World Bank Economic Review).

In 2013 as part of a coordinated plan to further increase content depth and utility, it is expected that the OKR will link to datasets associated with research, add further legacy content and seek out undiscovered research content within the Bank, including translations. In addition, we aim to explore opportunities to connect the OKR to regional repositories.

So far, the OKR has had over 1 million page views. Both at the level of end-user interface as well as internal administrative functionality, the World Bank executes rounds of continuous improvements and enhancements in collaboration with @mire. The result of this aligns the OKR with the needs of the institution and its communities, along with the principles of the open access community.

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