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Guide to WDI (World Development Indicators) Online

This resource is a compilation of statistics on a broad range of subjects with coverage from 1960-. It combines a simple interface with some sophisticated tools for representing the statistics one selects.

WDI Online is being revised. These images are taken from the older version, however, the new version doesn't appear to be functionally different, so the guide is valid for both versions.

Table of Contents:

Select Countries
Highlight a Country or Countries, then click the Select button.  The selected country or countries will appear in the second box; then click Next.  To choose multiple countries, either hold down the Shift key for continuous groups or the CTRL key for discontinuous groups.
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    WDI Country Selection Screen
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Select Series
You can either scroll through the list of series or use the keyword search box.  If you do use the search, then only the search results will apprear in the list box.  There are a total of over 500 series. To have the series appear here, highlight them and click the Select Button.
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    WDI Series Selection Screen
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Select Years
To select all years, hold down the Shift key while highlighting.  Then click the Select button and then the Next button.
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    WDI Time Selection Screen
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Viewing Results
  • The default results screen will look like this:
    Light blue links denote documentation.  Download options are Excel or ASCII
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    WDI Default Results Screen
    • Revised Results Screen
      Revised Results Screen
  • You can also get a percent change value based on the first year of the range you've selected:
    You can also get a percent change value based on the first year of the range you've selected.
  • You can generate an index number based on any year in the database:
    You can generate an index number based on any year in the database.
  • You can generate a chart of your table:
    You can generate a chart of your table.
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    WDI Chart
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Mapping
WDI Mapping

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Downloading Results
Some series in WDI Online are always downloaded in scientific notation.  This is easy to change in Excel, so that's the best format for most cases.
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    WDI Downloading


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