Resources and Lessons on Open Data from the World Bank

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Delivered by Tariq Khokhar at the European Association of Development Research and Training Institute's Information Management Working Group Conference in Antwerp, Belgium on September 13th, 2012.

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Resources and Lessons on Open Data from the World Bank

  1. 1. Open Data And Open Development Resources and lessons from the World BankTariq Khokhar #IMWG12Open Data Evangelist Antwerptkhokhar@worldbank.org September 13th@tkb
  2. 2. Open Data in Action: 1
  3. 3. Open Data in Action: The 19th CentruryJohn Snow’s Cholera Map- Cholera, London, 1854- Plotted distribution of deaths on a map (created data)- Plotted water points and pumps (combined with other data)- Saw connection with 1 pump- Removed the handle (took action)- Open Data was saving lives in the 19th century. Birth of epidemiology. See http://bit.ly/yn14B0
  4. 4. Open Data in Action: KenyaKenya Open Budget Data: Raw Government data, visualized bynumbers, hard to understand… citizens, easier to understand See: http://bit.ly/zhTQLF
  5. 5. Open Data in Action: World BankCombine with other datasets to generate new questions and insights IEG + Projects Open Data used by AidData researchers - See http://bit.ly/yePUK9
  6. 6. Who’s doing Open Data?• National Governments• Local Governments• Scientific Institutions• International Agencies• Donors & Aid Agencies• Academia• Philanthropies• Companies• Non-profits See: http://www.data.gov/opendatasites
  7. 7. Open Data: Technically Open It’s data that’s technically open You can search for it and find it easily onlineIt’s available in an editable electronic format or an API   xls, json, txt, csv, xml, html, PDF, images (JPG, GIF, doc, API, odt, ods etc. PNG), other proprietary formats.
  8. 8. Open Data: Legally Open It’s data that is legally open You can use it freely You can re-use it freely You can redistribute it freelyFor commercial and non-commercial purposes
  9. 9. Nine Open Data Resources
  10. 10. 1) data.worldbank.org
  11. 11. In five languages
  12. 12. By Topic
  13. 13. Indicators
  14. 14. By Country
  15. 15. By Country
  16. 16. 2) databank.worldbank.org
  17. 17. 2) databank.worldbank.org
  18. 18. 3) The DataFinder AppsBlackberry, Android, iPad, iPhone in 4 Languages
  19. 19. 4) The Developer APIs
  20. 20. 4) The Developer APIs
  21. 21. 5) Google Search and PDE
  22. 22. 5) Google Search and PDE
  23. 23. 6) The Data Catalogsdata.worldbank.org/data-catalog
  24. 24. 6) The Data Catalogs microdata.worldbank.org
  25. 25. 7) World Bank Finances finances.worldbank.org
  26. 26. 8) Projects and Operations Portal and Maps worldbank.org/projects
  27. 27. 8) Projects and Operations Portal and Maps maps.worldbank.org
  28. 28. 9) Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) Open access repository for WB research outputs and knowledge products Interoperable with other repositories and meets OA requirements Launched in conjunction with WB’s new Open Access Policy Content available under CC-BY license openknowledge.worldbank.org
  29. 29. 7 Things I’ve Learnt
  30. 30. 1. Can’t do open data without data to open up We started with this:
  31. 31. 1. Can’t do open data without data to open up Rather than this:
  32. 32. 2. Free data is not free…
  33. 33. 2. But it’s good for the data business
  34. 34. 2. But it’s good for the data businessTop 5 site sections of worldbank.org, % of visits per week
  35. 35. 3. Being legally open is just as important as being technically open You are free to use our data for commercial andnon-commercial purposes at no cost…
  36. 36. 4. Make it easy for others to use our data
  37. 37. And it will get used…
  38. 38. And it will get used… worldbank.tumblr.com
  39. 39. And it will get used…
  40. 40. And it will get used…
  41. 41. Others can reach users better
  42. 42. 5. We need to help others do Open Data
  43. 43. 6. Context is importantFlowchart of how a World Bank project works
  44. 44. 7. It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it
  45. 45. What does this chart represent?
  46. 46. 1/3 of users come for open data Open DataAll World Bank Web Traffic
  47. 47. What does this chart represent?
  48. 48. What does this chart represent? All World Bank Web Traffic: Annually
  49. 49. What does this chart represent? Traffic to Wikipedia
  50. 50. What does this chart represent? Traffic to Wikipedia in a month
  51. 51. Take data to where the people areDominic McDevitt-Parks said his goal is to "foster collaboration between the Wikipedia community and the National Archives for their mutual benefit--or, in reality: the benefit of the public, which both projects serve."
  52. 52. The future?World Bank ?
  53. 53. Thank YouTariq KhokharOpen Data EvangelistWorld Bank Data Grouptkhokhar@worldbank.org@tkb

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