May 27, 2022

Open Data: Reference: World Bank Releases 2016 World Data Indicators (Report, Database, Files), 1400 Indicators From 200 Nations

From a World Bank Data Blog Post:

2016-04-15_13-50-05@ith over 1 million downloads last year, WDI is the most widely used dataset in our Open Data Catalog and it provides high-quality cross-country comparable statistics about development and people’s lives around the globe. You can download or query the database, read the publication and access the statistical tables.

update the WDI database quarterly and make historical versions available, this annual release of a new edition is an opportunity to review the trends we’re seeing in global development and discuss updates we’ve made to our data and methods.


Producing WDI is only possible with the help of over 50 international organizations, more than 200 national statistical offices and the experts in the country offices, Global Practices and Cross Cutting Solution Areas of the World Bank.

But we have a global challenge: only a few of the 169 targets in the Sustainable Development Goals can currently be tracked and measured completely. Both governments and development partners will need to continue investing in national statistical systems and other public institutions, where much of the data will continue to originate. At the same time, the statistical community needs to strengthen partnerships with the private sector and other emerging actors for advancing new techniques for data collection, analysis, and use.

We encourage you to review the complete blog post for info about some changes made in the 2016 edition.

Direct Links to World Data Indicator Resources


Data Finder Apps (iOS and Android) – 2016 editions coming soon

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