Open Data Kit

Open Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. ODK provides an out-of-the-box solution for users to:

  1. Build a data collection form or survey (XLSForm is recommended for larger forms);
  2. Collect the data on a mobile device and send it to a server; and
  3. Aggregate the collected data on a server and extract it in useful formats.

In addition to socio-economic and health surveys with GPS locations and images, ODK is being used to create decision support for clinicians and for building multimedia-rich nature mapping tools. See the list available tools, featured deployments, andimplementation companies for more examples of what the ODK community is doing.

We welcome and encourage participation from the user community. ODK is supported by a growing community of developers, implementers and users as well as various companies. Core ODK development is supported by ongoing research at the University of Washington’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering and through donationsfrom users.


World Bank Open Knowledge Repository

The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.

Through the OKR, The World Bank collects, disseminates, and permanently preserves its intellectual output in digital form. The OKR also increases the range of people who can discover and access Bank content—from governments and civil society organizations (CSOs), to students and the general public.

The OKR is built on DSpace and is interoperable with other repositories. It supports optimal discoverability and re- usability of the content by complying with Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) standards. All OKR metadata is exposed through the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) protocol.

By extending and improving access to World Bank research, the World Bank aims to encourage innovation and allow anyone in the world to use Bank knowledge to help improve the lives of those living in poverty.

Since its launch in 2012, millions of publications have been downloaded from the OKR, and nearly half of its users are in developing countries.


UNDP HDR Public Data Explorer

Since 2010, the Human Development Report data has been available on Google Public Data Explorer, in an initiative aimed at increasing its accessibility. Using the Public Data tool allows for a variety of visualization possibilities, as can be seen below.


Google Public Data Explorer

The Google Public Data Explorer makes large, public-interest datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand. You don’t have to be a data expert to navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings.

Students, journalists, policy makers and everyone else can play with the tool to create visualizations of public data, link to them, or embed them in their own webpages. Embedded charts and links can update automatically so you’re always sharing the latest available data.

The Public Data Explorer launched in March, 2010. See this blog post, which originally announced the product, for more background and historical perspective.

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World Bank Data Visualization Tools


Data Visualizer

Data Visualizer is a World Bank tool which employs “bubble charts” to display data in four dimensions. In each chart, the size of the country circle represents a volume measure, such as population or GDP. The position of the bubbles is determined by the indicators selected for the horizontal and vertical axes. The time series used in Data Visualizer is a subset of 2009 World Development Indicators database. As of 4/20/2010, Data Visualizer contains 49 indicators for 209 countries and 18 aggregates from 1960-2007. Data includes social, economic, financial, information & technology, and environmental indicators. Check out the Data Visualizer

Portal visualizers

e-Atlas of Global Development

e-Atlas of Global Development, is a sophisticated online, interactive tool that maps and graphs more than 175 indicators from the World Bank’s development database. The resulting full color maps and graphs can subsequently be exported for sharing and later use. Check out the e-Atlas of Global Development interactive tool.

Interactive Maps

We’ve mashed up Google Maps with World Bank data to give you a visual entry point to browse our projects, news, statistics and public information center by country. Check out

Google Public Data Explorer

Google Public Data Explorer is a new experimental product designed by Google allowing people to mash up data using line graphs, bar graphs, maps and bubble charts. The visualizations are dynamic, so you can watch them move over time, change topics, highlight different entries and change the scale. Once you have a chart ready, you can easily share it with friends or even embed it on your own website or blog. As of 4/20/2010, Data Explorer contains 58 World Development Indicators. Check out Google Public Data Explorer

Google Public Data Search

Google Public Data Search allows users to perform English search queries for data on Google and instantly see numerical and graphical results. For example, if you search for “gdp of Indonesia”, you will see a thumbnail graph at the top of the search results page highlighting Bank data and linking to an interactive chart where you can compare the selected data with other countries around the world. You can also embed these charts in your own website or blog by clicking on the “Link” button in the upper right-hand corner of the chart page. As of 4/20/2010, Google search provides search results for 39 World Development Indicators. Search for data like this on Google

World Integrated Trade Solutions (WITS)

WITS is a trade software tool giving access to bilateral trade between countries based on various product classifications, product details, years, and trade flows. It also contains tariff and non-tariff measures as well as analysis tool to calculate effects of tariff reductions. In addition, users have access to two visualization tools. One using the data from the World Development Indicators database in the format of bubble charts and the second using data from the United Nations COMTRADE database in the format of maps.

To access the WITS system, go to

World Bank Data Portals

Portals are collections of freely available data and tools. They provide data dashboards on various topics and contain tables, charts, and maps as well as access to all the underlying data through our latest data visualization and sharing application, DataBank.


World Bank DataFinder Mobile Apps

World Bank DataFinder Mobile Apps

The new DataFinder app highlights the progress that’s been made at the Bank since the Open Data Initiative was launched in April 2010. For the first time, the Bank’s data are available to users on any of the three major mobile platforms – and in four languages with the following features:

  • Charts and Maps: visually compare countries and indicators

  • Advanced Queries: create, edit and save custom tables

  • Social: share what you create on Twitter and Facebook

  • Current data: pull directly from the World Bank API

  • Multilingual: works in English, French, Spanish, Chinese

  • Cross platform: available on iPhone and iPad


OKFN Labs Software

OKFN Labs, a division of the Open Knowledge  Foundation, develops and managers a large number of software projects, some of which are also being used by KID.

They are:

We’re a community of civic hackers, data wranglers and ordinary citizens intrigued and excited by the possibilities of combining technology and information for good – making government more accountable, culture more accessible and science more efficient.

We focus on making things – whether that’s apps, insights or tools. We have a strong preference for open data and free / open source software.

We’re part of Open Knowledge and operate as a collaborative community which anyone can join. Labs is organized through a public GitHub repository.


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