Open Data at The World Bank: moving away from a subscription model

Soong Sup Lee
Senior Information Officer, The World Bank

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In April 2010, The World Bank decided to abandon its subscription model for accessing highly valued datasets, and move to a fully open model, where anyone can use and re-use the data for free – with only minimal restrictions. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Soong Sup Leel will describe the strategy and the changes that have taken place, assess the impact, and describe some of the lessons learnt along the way – including the need for data librarians, data curators, and data story-tellers. The speaker will outline the contribution that Open Data can make to Open Development, and provide insights into the Bank’s plans for the future.