Gustavo Ballvé on April 23rd, 2010
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“Today we are opening up one of the world’s most reliable and comprehensive databases on developing economies. It includes more than 2,000 indicators from countries around the world, including hundreds that go back 50 years.” – Bob Zoellick, World Bank president, who explains in a video (inside) what this initiative is all about.

The impacts of such moves are never immediate and almost always underrated at first, and there’s always the risk of data deluge. That said, they’re trying to speed things up via Google and an app development contest, which could lead to interesting uses for all this information.

Data wants to be free, some would say – but still others remember that this was public data to begin with. No doubt some companies will come up with organized, value-added products – in print or online (mobile or not) – that build from this data something greater.

Here’s the video where Bob Zoellick explains the initiative:

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