Opening up data that has been collected and letting users work with it - this trend is picking up speed especially in some big organizations. Here are some new features
Just a few years ago the use of collected information and data by outsiders or even through automated tools was unheard of. Today, some of the large data collectors see a value in opening up and providing access to the vaults.
Initiatives such as datagov.us and datagov.co.uk provide new opportunities for anyone who is interested in exploring and displaying such information.
One organization moving forward fast is the World Bank, which has created a large library with country and development data from most countries of the world.
Tutorials how use the Worldbank APIs
Recently the Worldbank has released a new feature set, the video on the right shows some of the features that can be used now. Additionally we have collected some additional material providing insights into projects and how to access the data.
Technically, the Worldbank has two different APIs right now, enabling to access the data: One for Indicators, another for Projects (effectively a kind of reporting what has come out of initiatives of the Worldbank.
Both APIs implement RESTful interfaces to allow users to perform queries of available data using selection parameters. For the Indicators API, XML and JSON representations are available; for the Projects API, Atom representation is also available.
Worldbank API Documentation for Developers