World Bank Database

Sunday - 5/2/2010, 11:47pm EDT

The World Bank Group recently made many of its statistical databases available to the public online. The site is data.dot.worldbank.org and is a place for global crowdsourcing.

The move has required the cooperation of several governments and groups, reaching across the span of several cultures and languages. Some two-thousand indicators will become available that could be of help to researchers, journalists, nongovernmental organizations, entrepreneurs, and students.

Bank officials say the data is arranged in a variety of ways. Users can search by country name for information on health, education, environment, standard of living, cost of living and other indicators.

The website also comes with a variety of interfaces that allow a user to manipulate the data in a variety of ways.

The site is part of the World Bank's broader Access to Information policy set to be launched July first.