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Google Makes World Bank Data Available in Search

It doesn’t matter whether Google took this long to do this, it is definitely all worth the wait. I’m talking about the integration World Bank development indicators to Google search. Google just announced that World Bank’s 17 World Development Indicators which are previously buried deep within World Bank’s database is now finally available to anyone using Google Search.

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Being in another development financial institution for several years now, I’ve seen  how deveopment analysts rely so much on these World Bank indicators. It’s like the fuel that keeps development researchers from going on with what they are doing to alleviate poverty and develop economic policy.

With these development indicators in its search engine, Google has even worked out something to make the display of data more enticing and intuitive. Hence bring a new dimension to these otherwise boring to look at development indicators.

Development indicators can be displayed through an interactive chart where data between countries can be compared easily.  Even better is the fact that these charts can be easily embedded on any site or blogs. You can even select to embed static or dynamically updating charts.

Now it’s time  to evangelize about these new Google search features to my colleagues.

 Google Makes World Bank Data Available in Search
Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google, Ask.com, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building three niche blogs covering iPad News, Google Android Phones and E-Book Readers.
 Google Makes World Bank Data Available in Search

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  1. Arnold – Thanks for the post. We think it was definitely all worth the wait too! Please check out DataFinder too: http://datafinder.worldbank.org. Here, you can explore more about the data indicators including definitions, quick facts, interactive and embed-enabled maps, and additional World Bank related resources. Please let us know if you have any suggestions.