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

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

Posted by Shanelle Weir on December 13, 2014

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) 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.

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, Manager of the IDB’s Knowledge and Learning Sector.

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