The World Bank is adopting an open-access policy featuring an Open Knowledge Repository and using Creative Commons licenses, the bank announced today. The policy takes full effect July 1 and will be implemented in stages, beginning with the repository. Unveiled today, it’s “a one-stop-shop for most of the bank’s research outputs and knowledge products, providing free and unrestricted access to students, libraries, government officials and anyone interested in the bank’s knowledge,” the bank said in the announcement.
The move makes the bank the first major international organization to require that its research be made available for reuse under a Creative Commons license, it said. The repository holds more than 2,100 World Bank books and papers from 2009 to 2012, including the “World Development Report,” country studies, and analytical reports, with fresh material to be added regularly. In 2013, it will also contain links to research data sets.