The World Bank's Open Knowledge Repository


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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 ( 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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The World Bank's Open Knowledge Repository

  1. 1. The World Bank: Embracing Open Access WORLD BANK OPEN DEVELOPMENT2010 2012Initial commitment to the Launch of theOpen Agenda Open Knowledge Repository, Open Access Policy and adoption of the Creative Commons • contact: @MIRE
  2. 2. Setting the default to DEVELOPMENT WORLD BANK OPEN OA in 2012 Publishing license for Publishing license for WB works in in-house published work collaboration with external publishers CC-BY CC-NC-ND Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives “Free to use, re-use and redistribute most of the Bank’s knowledge products and research outputs for commercial or non-commercial purposes” • contact: @MIRE
  3. 3. Open Knowledge Repository Vitals WORLD BANK OPEN DEVELOPMENT > 8000 research & knowledge products> 1 Million views > 180 000 • contact: @MIRE
  4. 4. OKR Future Development WORLD BANK OPEN DEVELOPMENT Link associated datasets Connect regional repositories Increase content depth and utility More content within the Bank Author • contact: @MIRE
  5. 5. Promoting Knowledge in Developing Countries WORLD BANK OPEN DEVELOPMENT Current usage: 31 developed countries 112 developing countries improve the lives of those living in poverty Connecting Regional • contact: @MIRE