IDB to launch new open data portal on development in Latin America and the Caribbean



The portal, Numbers for Development, will have comprehensive data on macroeconomics, social inclusion and global integration in 26 countries

11 December 2014 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced that it will launch in the first quarter of 2015 “Numbers for Development”, a free and open data portal focused on Latin American and Caribbean development indicators. The new portal will allow users to access and utilize a wealth of IDB data on topics ranging from social inclusion to global integration for 26 countries in the region. It will also offer users the opportunity to download datasets and create their own data visualizations.

Numbers for Development is aimed at researchers, students, policymakers, analysts, web developers and others working in development issues and public policy. The Bank is currently seeking feedback on the beta version of its portal, so anyone interested in getting early and exclusive access to the data and contributing to this project, can sign up here.

141211-pmwj30-new-knowledge-IMAGEIn this same link, users can access an infographic that uses IDB Open Data to provide insights about the relationship between education level and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean, an example on how the data can be visualized and shared with the purpose of improving the lives of people in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We believe it is critically important to allow anyone to share, connect and visualize the region’s economic and social data, which is why we were so thrilled to launch our Open Data Portal,” said Federico Basañes (pictured), Manager of the IDB’s Knowledge and Learning Sector.

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. More information about the IDB is at http://www.iadb.org/. For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter-American Development Bank