The World Bank announced that it will implement a new Open Access policy for its research projects and related publications and products, effective July 1, 2012. As the first phase of this policy, a new Open Knowledge Repository was launched and a set of Creative Commons copyright licenses was adopted.
The Open Knowledge Repository currently contains works from 2009-2012 (more than 2,100 books and papers), including the World Development Report, country studies, analytical reports, and other flagship publications. The repository also contains journal articles from 2007-2010 from the two World Bank journals, World Bank Research Observer and World Bank Economic Review. Datasets associated with the research projects will be made available starting 2013.