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Improving version control for researchers by including "date last updated" alongside series metadata

Fixes and changes in definition, topic or code are helpfully described on the Helpdesk's Data Updates and Errata site, but this does not drill down by series to list the update history of the series, aside from definitional matters. When doing analysis, it is important to know as of what date a certain datapoint is. I also know the World Bank offers access to its WDI archives, yet this is not compatible with the more dynamic handling of data through the downloading of individual series through excel, or via the World Bank's API and its Stata or R modules. Either embedding the series update history or at least "last update as of" in the metadata of indicators would be tremendously helpful in an effort to be more transparent in research efforts.

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