World Bank widgets example for open gov

The open government movement can take a lesson from the World Bank to make data easier to use.

The new website has become an example of how embedded widgets and other applications can make accessing vast amounts of data more user friendly, reports the O’Reilly Radar.

The World Bank also “substantially improved” its programming interface, launching an improved data browser, feedback buttons and instant search, with more apps already in development.

It’s just one example of how companies are taking raw data sets and presenting them in new easy-to-understand, visual ways — all part of the push towards

Programmers, computer scientists and government agencies from around the world are in Washington, D.C., today for the three-day International Open Government Data Conference, Their challenge is to find ways to make sense of the massive amounts of information now available through sites such as

The conference launched an Open Data Community page on where attendees can continue to connect and share ideas on best practices, security and openness, and policies for international data sharing. is the Office of Management and Budget’s flagship program for an open and transparent government…and it has become an international model.

Since’s inception lots of other countries have followed suit, reports Gov 2.0 News, including the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, France and Finland – which are all working on open data initiatives.

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