Open Data @ World Bank
Anat Lewin
World Bank Open Data Platform
Economic Value of Open Data
Open Government Data Toolkit
Open Data Readiness Assessments (ODRA)
ODRA Example: Antigua
– Moldova
– Kenya
• World Bank’s Partnership for Open Data (POD)
World Bank Open Data Platform
• The World Bank's Open Data Initiative
launched in April, 2010, providing free, open
and easy access to development data, and
challenging the global community to use the
data to create new solutions to address
• Today, the World Bank's Open Data Catalog
includes over 8,000 development indicators,
of which 1,400 for 252 countries and 36
aggregate groupings, going back over 50
years, in 5 languages, and is continuously
World Bank Open Data Platform
In Five Languages
Data Catalog
• One-stop listing of sources
• Download entire dataset,
access query tool
• Global, regional, specialized
• 40+ data compilations
– 20 datasets included in
dataBank, 8000 indicators
– 11 datasets accessible through
an API, 3000+ indicators
– 1400 indicators in multiple
Economic Value of Open Data
• In the EU, open data increases business activity by up to €40
Billion/year, and provides direct and indirect benefits up to €200
Billion/year (1.7% of EU GDP).
• Open Weather Data in the US has created 400 companies
employing 4,000 people.
• A Spanish study found an increase of about €600m of business from
open data with the creation of over 5000 jobs.
• An Australian study found a return on investment of 500% from
Open Data.
• Mapping and transport data in particular have given rise to new
industries, including a suite of global positioning system products,
and ‘mashups’ that combine mapping data with public
transportation or traffic data.
Slide credit: Andrew Stott
World Bank Open Data Technical Assistance
 Afghanistan
 Antigua and
 Burkina Faso
 Ghana
 Indonesia
 Kenya
 Macedonia
 Malawi
 Mexico
 Moldova
 Mongolia
 Macedonia
 Nigeria (Edo)
 Nepal
 Paraguay
 Peru
 Philippines
 Tanzania
 Rwanda
 Russia
Planned for 2014
 Botswana
 Brazil
 Costa Rica
 Dominican
 El Salvador
 Eastern
 El Salvador
 Ethiopia
 India
 Mauritius
 Morocco
 Senegal
 Singapore
 Sri Lanka
 Trinidad &
 Tunisia
 Uruguay
 Zambia
Open Government Data Toolkit
The Toolkit is designed to
help governments plan
and implement an open
government data
program, while avoiding
common pitfalls.
Open Data Readiness Assessment
• The ODRA is a tool designed to build a
plan of action for Open Data, customtailored to a country, subnational
government, city or sector
• It is a set of questions on 8 subjects
that we consider necessary for a
successful Open Data Initiative
• The output is an action plan and a
report that provides
recommendations for the particular
• It is not a ranking exercise.
ODRA Methodology
Eight Pillars
(1) Leadership
(2) Policy / Legal Framework
(3) Institutional Structure
(4) Data within Government
(5) Demand / Citizen
(6) Open Data Ecosystem
(7) Financing
(8) Technology and Skills
5 6 7 8
Antigua ODRA Inputs
• US$ 75K of grant funding
• World Bank ODRA team (4), Counterpart team
(5), regional partner team (4) with expertise in
Open Data, eGovernment, Legal, Statistics, IT,
Database management, local context
• One month intensive preparation time prior to
visit: weekly coordination conference calls,
VCs, extensive email communication
Antigua ODRA Outputs
1 week ODRA mission in April 2013
Public forum to launch ODRA, media attendance
24 interviews with government officials and Ministers
Meetings with Chamber of Commerce, Information
Commissioner, IT Developers, Media, University of West Indies
Seminar at World Bank over VC to report on preliminary findings
ODRA delivered / published in June 2013
Public forum in June 2013 to present ODRA findings
Extensive media coverage throughout: Press conference, radio
interview, government website, social media, front page of
national newspaper, editorial and business magazine story
Antigua ODRA Findings
Institutional recommendations
Data release recommendations
 Political case for Open Data needs to be
developed and agreed by Cabinet
Stage 1: Quick win data sets include weather,
education data needing minimal reformatting
 A clear political leader needs to be
empowered on behalf of government
Stage 2: Data requiring additional work to
mash up with maps include disaster
management, business identifiers (Inland
Revenue), registers of professionals (doctors,
lawyers, vets, architects) and property prices.
Stage 3: Data requiring some work for
publication include government budget and
spending data, tourism data, census data.
Stage 4: Data requiring policy work prior to
publication include land registration and
government procurement data.
Stage 5: Data requiring digitization include
Company Register, Agriculture, and Health.
 Policies, licensing, pricing need to be
 Staged release of data, starting with
quick wins and leveraging existing
 Potential data users need to be
engaged in dialogue on what data they
 Leverage regional initiatives
Antigua & Barbuda
ODRA Outcomes
• Minister in charge of ICT
establishes Open Data
Readiness Unit, appoints
• Unit is working to upload the
quick wins data sets
identified by the ODRA
• Cabinet is considering an
Open Data declaration
• Technical Assistance on Open
Data for Resilience / Disaster
Management installed
GeoNode open source spatial
data platform
• Assessment unlocked grant
funding to implement
“We could not be happier as we witness what
appears to be a serious attempt to bring
Antigua & Barbuda fully into the information
age. A highly important plan to make
information available to the public, at little or
no direct cost, has been in the news recently.
“Good News
on the
- Editorial June
26th, 2013
The plan is for an “Open Data” information
system to be established so that the public can
get access to non-sensitive information, which
the government has at its disposal. This is one
initiative involving the government of Antigua
& Barbuda that seems to have an excellent
chance of successful implementation. More
importantly, it could be the catalyst for a
whole new wave of entrepreneurship among
our people.”
Congo Valley
Antigua GeoNode: 47 Layers
Implement the ODRA Action Plan
Launch an Open Data Initiative
Digitize datasets
Address legal issues e.g. data privacy, licensing
Build Open Data Platform
Engage with developer community
Consult with business community
Make data easy to understand
Visualize opened data sets
Mashup with geo-tagged and geo-coded data
Map Open Data
Continue engagement with demand side, through TechCamps, Hackathons,
Innovation challenges, App Competitions and
• Offer the media training through Journalism Bootcamps
• Keep opening data
Moldova’s Open Data Platform
Launched: April 2011
Upgraded: February 2014, v3.0
Number of datasets: 732
Externally hosted applications: 19
Publishing institutions: 38
Most active: Ministry of Health &
Ministry of the Interior
Open Source Platform CKAN &
Drupal. Agencies upload raw data
directly onto the portal.
Number of unique visitors:
~ 3,000/month
Number of downloads:
~ 7,000 – 10,000/month
Kenya – 547 datasets
Top Leadership / Championship is key
Start simple, build incremental
Quality improves when data is opened
Build capacity on using opened data
Make data easy to understand
Engage the Demand side
Analytical Work
Partnership for Open Data (POD)
An initiative designed to help policy makers and citizens in developing
countries understand and build on the benefits of open data.
The World Bank, the Open Data Institute and the
Open Knowledge Foundation
Global partnership to help policy makers and citizens
in developing countries understand and exploit
benefits of open data
Other partners identified during scoping exercise (e.g.
Open to additional members
Partnership for Open Data (POD)
An initiative designed to help policy makers and citizens in developing
countries understand and build on the benefits of open data.
Supporting developing countries to plan, execute and
run open data initiatives
Increasing re-use of open data in developing countries
Growing the base of evidence on the impact of open
data for development
Partnership for Open Data (POD)
An initiative designed to help policy makers and citizens in developing
countries understand and build on the benefits of open data.
Training programs for civil servants and for civil society
organizations and researchers
Researching metrics for open data, economic and social
value of open data (e.g. virtual library) and apps re-use
Technical Assistance: ODRA and implementation of
ODRAs in developing countries
Partnership for Open Data (POD)
An initiative designed to help policy makers and citizens in developing
countries understand and build on the benefits of open data.
Developing guidelines/standards for Governments to
release data in open formats for demand-side
Networking: organize workshops, conferences, seminars
to develop open data networks
Communications and marketing: publish stories and case
studies on the impact of open data
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