World Bank Praised in Reference Reviews for its Open Access Agenda and Open Knowledge Repository

Washington, DC | September 11, 2015

“The repository is a remarkable endeavour in its outreach, breadth of data and ease of use.” - Reference Reviews, Volume 29, Issue 5. Read the full review on p. 21 here.

World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR)

Washington, DC | October 31, 2014

In 2013, the World Bank Group (WBG) adopted a new strategy for achieving two ambitious goals: eradicating extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day to 3 percent by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% every country.

Other recent improvements and additions on the OKR include:

  • Downloads by Author and User Demographics –Rankings of each author in the OKR are now displayed on author profile pages and on the downloads by authors page. These rankings are generated according to the total number of downloads of their publications since the OKR was launched in 2012, or since the publication was first added to the OKR. Because most flagship reports are institutionally authored, i.e., authored by “The World Bank”, World Bank appears as the “author” with most downloads. Nevertheless, users can see the number of publications by each author; countries in which their publications are most popular (according to downloads); and the total number of downloads by country.
  • “Altmetrics” – Reporting of online activity when publications in the OKR are mentioned in social media sites, blogs, newspapers, magazines, and other external channels. Data include demographics of users and links to each source. See an example here. Users and authors can sign up to be alerted via email when new online activity occurs about a publication of interest.
  • Users Also Downloaded – Titles that other OKR users downloaded after viewing a particular title are displayed so users can see what others are finding useful.
  • Related Items – Publications with related content are displayed for each title, bringing further exposure for to an author or unit’s work.

For more information, contact

Get the Most out of World Bank Group Publications and eProducts

Washington, DC | August 1, 2014

Our new July–December 2014 Publications and eProducts catalog is now online, and you can open it up by simply clicking here

In the online version of the catalog you can:

  • Browse inside and access the most recent and forthcoming World Bank Group titles including World Development Report 2015: Mind and Mindsets, Doing Business 2015, The World Bank Group A To Z, Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity, Urban China: Building Efficient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Cities and many more.
  • Get information and/or download recent and forthcoming e-products and mobile apps, such as the Open Knowledge Repository, World Bank eLibrary, World Development Report for iPad, Doing Business at a Glance, and other apps.
  • Search, print, and email selected sections or the entire catalog to a colleague or friend.
  • Share the catalog via email and social media sites.
  • Download the whole catalog as a PDF.


Virtual Sets Offer Customized Harvesting from the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository

Washington, DC | May 13, 2014

The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) – the World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products – now makes it possible for any OAI-PMH-compliant repository to harvest specific publications or thematic sets of content across multiple collections within the OKR. This is done through “virtual sets” based on pre-defined search queries and/or filters. The virtual sets not only save repository managers time in harvesting the OKR content, but also save time spent on curation by ensuring that the items harvested meet their desired criteria.

“Most repositories only allow harvesting of the full repository or at the collection level. Rather than having to sift through to find relevant content after it’s been ingested, the virtual sets remove that step, making the process much more manageable and efficient for IR managers, ” said Tom Breineder, OKR Product Manager. The World Bank and @mire – the DSpace service provider supporting the development of the OKR – are exploring the possibility of making the code for virtual sets freely available to the DSpace community.

Queries for virtual sets in the OKR may be as broad as “Health in Africa” or “Climate Change” or as narrow as “Agribusiness in Tanzania” and “Microfinance in Bangladesh”. Six sample virtual sets have been created and are now available for other repositories to begin ingesting at sets are maintained by OKR administrators. To request a new virtual set, repository managers may contact

In addition, as per OAI-PMH protocols, metadata can be harvested for the entire OKR, a collection, or for a specific publication. Harvesting syntax, instructions, and examples are available at

“We hope this new development will encourage repository managers to harvest metadata from OKR, so their users can quickly search, discover, and access World Bank publications within their own repositories,” said Carlos Rossel, World Bank Publisher.


About the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (

The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge. Through the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR), the World Bank collects, disseminates, and permanently preserves its intellectual output in digital form. It also increase 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. All OKR metadata is exposed through the OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) 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 develop solutions to development problems that will help improve the lives of those living in poverty. Since its launch, more than 3 million publications have been downloaded from the OKR, and nearly half of its users are in developing countries.