World Bank widgets example for open gov

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 5:38pm EST

The open government movement can take a lesson from the World Bank to make data easier to use.

The new data.worldbank.org website has become an example of how embedded widgets and other applications can make accessing vast amounts of data more user friendly, reports the O'Reilly Radar.

The World Bank also "substantially improved" its programming interface, launching an improved data browser, feedback buttons and instant search, with more apps already in development.

It's just one example of how companies are taking raw data sets and presenting them in new easy-to-understand, visual ways -- all part of the push towards www.data.gov.

The conference launched an Open Data Community page on data.gov where attendees can continue to connect and share ideas on best practices, security and openness, and policies for international data sharing.

Data.gov is the Office of Management and Budget's flagship program for an open and transparent government...and it has become an international model.

Since Data.gov's inception lots of other countries have followed suit, reports Gov 2.0 News, including the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, France and Finland - which are all working on open data initiatives.

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