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  1. Open Data Training Modules

    Dear Sir/Madam, the links on the site regarding "Open Data Training Modules" don´t seem to be working. It would be great if you could make those resources available again!
    Best regards,
    Hauke Maas

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      Thank you for your message. We are aware of the issue. Our open data site was recently updated and we are working on a new set of training materials.

      In the meantime you can also refer to the open data toolkit, which includes materials for users and organizations looking to create and use open data on their own. It available is online at: http://opendatatoolkit.worldbank.org.

    • Please provide your data through an SDMX web service

      Please provide your data through an SDMX web service. Thanks.

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        Thank you for your message.

        The SDMX download option is enabled for all the DataBank databases (Download Options/Advanced Options/SDMX).

        Kindly note that only the World Development Indicators database has an additional SDMX type (compact).

        DataBank link: http://databank.worldbank.org/data/home.aspx

        World Development Indicators: http://databank.worldbank.org/data/reports.aspx?source=world-development-indicators

        Please also find below a few API sample calls for SDMX.

        API sample calls for SDMX

        http://api.worldbank.org/v2/datastructure/
        http://api.worldbank.org/v2/CodeList/ALL/
        http://api.worldbank.org/v2/CodeList/ALL/all/CL_SERIES_WDI/
        http://api.worldbank.org/v2/CodeList/ALL/all/CL_REF_AREA_WDI/
        http://api.worldbank.org/v2/Conceptscheme/ALL/
        http://api.worldbank.org/v2/Conceptscheme/ALL/REF_AREA/
        http://api.worldbank.org/v2/Conceptscheme/ALL/FREQ/

        Basic Data calls for SDMX structure

        http://api.worldbank.org/v2/data//key(./

        Single indicator and country sample call

        http://api.worldbank.org/v2/data/WDI/US.SP_POP_TOTL?startPeriod=2000&endPeriod=2010

      • User Interface

        This new website is not friendly with low-speed connection.

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        • doing business ranking excel link

          This website: http://www.doingbusiness.org/rankings

          There's an Excel link to the right above the table. Could you set it up so we can see the url for the Excel file and read it straight in?

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          • Fix JSONP prefix capitalization bug.

            it has come to my attention that your website when you define a callback with a capital letter after the "prefix" parameter the API is failing to return the callback name requested, and is instead returning it in all lowercase. Here is a description of the bug.

            http://stackoverflow.com/questions/21865065/ajax-call-using-jsonp-returns-error-uncaught-referenceerror-jquery1910275411515

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            • Sort data catalog by development or operations

              The World Bank often describes its open data program as "data about what we know" and "data about what we do." In other words, development/research data and operations data. I think it would be helpful if the data catalog was organized this way, so that users interested in just one kind of data can filter out the other kind. Can there be two "Refine By" categories on the left side for "Data about what we know" and "Data about what we do?"

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                Thank you for your message. The “Refine By” filter option available on the Data Catalog (http://datacatalog.worldbank.org/) page allows users to select the Topic “World Bank Group Projects & Finances”. This option selects the databases which provide information about the World Bank operations and finances.

              • need new indicators

                add indicators such as "net public investment", "net privet domestic investment" and etc. it will help to academic community improve the research in public finance

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                  Selected indicators on gross capital formation and gross fixed capital formation (total and by the private sector) based on national accounts data are available via the World Development Indicators. You can also explore the data on investment in non-financial assets which is presented in the IMF Government Finance Statistics database.

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