As I was doing a research for my “Are we in a recession” post, I came across this great little utility from the World Bank.
They have mashed up their geo-data with Google maps to show users how to do business in different marketplaces.
Have a look http://rru.worldbank.org/businessplanet/
It really brings their information to life, for example I did a search to see which country was the easiest to “Get credit” in .. doh!
Really illustrates the point.
In addition to this, they also have another mash-up that shows the work that they are doing around the globe – http://geo.worldbank.org/.
The feature I liked best was being able to pull up snapshot data by clicking on a country. The information is a little out of date (from 2006) but now that they have the structure, keeping it up to date should not be such a big deal I hope.
Actually the information is of varying age. When selecting more information relating to “Getting Credit”, it took me to this site http://www.doingbusiness.org/ExploreTopics/GettingCredit/Details.aspx?economyid=140 which has information on the NZ credit market from 2008.