World Bank Data and Research: Opening the Vault (Online)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT

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The World Bank was the first international, inter-governmental organization to make its databases free and open to the public. As the World Bank moves forward with this initiative and, in turn, its mission to eliminate global poverty, libraries will play an increasingly more important role in reaching new communities; communicating the value of these public goods; and encouraging further use of these timely and relevant resources on global issues.

Please join Library Journal’s Cheryl LaGuardia and World Bank staff members as they discuss the wealth of resources and research tools available from the Bank, including new developments on the World Bank Open Data portal, the World Bank eAtlas of Global Development, and World Bank eLibrary.

The World Bank’s Open Data initiative began on April 20, 2010, and since then has been accessed by over three million unique users. This session will provide an introduction to and demo of the site and it’s more than 7,000 development indicators.

Born from the World Bank’s Open Data, the eAtlas of Global Development helps visualize the world’s most pressing development challenges through mapping, charting, and graphing of data. An introduction to and demo of the site will be included in this session.

The World Bank eLibrary is the World Bank’s full-text collection of more than 6,000 books, reports, journals, and other documents on social and economic development. This session will introduce updates to this tool, and provide a demo on how to get the most out of its features.

Panelists:
Neil Fantom, Manager, Development Data Group, World Bank
Shana Wagger, Online/Electronic Product Development Manager, World Bank
Devika Levy, Online Sales Manager, World Bank

Moderator:

Cheryl LaGuardia author of the e-Views Blog and e-Reviews columns, Library Journal

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