The World Bank has a wide array of high quality data and much of it is open data. It covers several distinct collections and databases.
World Development Indicators - It includes over 15 major databases with more than 2000 indicators.
DataBank - collections of time series data on a variety of topics. Total: 69 databases.
Open finances - World Bank Group’s financials datasets such as
Projects & operations - information on all of the World Bank’s lending projects since 1947. Around 13,119 projects in 173 countries.
Global Consumption Database - datasets on household consumption patterns in developing countries. Data can be derived by country, sector or product.
Microdata Library - collection of sample surveys of households, business establishments or other facilities. As of April 02, 2018 the Library contains 2,503 surveys and 2,577 citations.
We have created world-bank user specifically for World Bank datasets, so they will be found in one place.
One of the major open ones are the World Development Indicators which provide a variety of important indicators ranging from GDP and population to CO2 emissions and literacy in a standardized cross country form. It consists of several main categories:
Agriculture & Rural Development
Economy & Growth
Energy & Mining
Science & Technology
Social Protection & Labor
The World Bank has a data API. You can use this to access a variety of data including the world development indicators.
You can get data in CSV, JSON and XML (default).
https://api.worldbank.org/indicator/GC.DOD.TOTL.GD.ZS?format=csv # for some reason json format just yields metadata https://api.worldbank.org/indicator/GC.DOD.TOTL.GD.ZS?format=json
More elaborate queries documented in http://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/first-steps-in-integrating-open-data, for example:
Here is a script that automates access to World Bank data and conversion to data packages.
License: OPEN (mostly)
Currently no easy way to automatedly obtain that listing though.
As of April 20th 2010 data is now open (subject to some reservations for specific datasets). See this blog post.
You are free to copy, distribute, adapt, display or include the data in other products for commercial and noncommercial purposes at no cost subject to certain limitations summarized below.
You must include attribution for the data you use in the manner indicated in the metadata included with the data.
You must not claim or imply that The World Bank endorses your use of the data by or use The World Bank’s logo(s) or trademark(s) in conjunction with such use.
The World Bank makes no warranties with respect to the data and you agree The World Bank shall not be liable to you in connection with your use of the data.