IMF: Data is a public good

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From Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

We very much recognize the importance of data as a public good. In this context, we are upgrading our data platforms and improving the way we distribute data and statistics to our membership throughout the world. …

Much of our data is already freely available. This is especially true of the data that supports our main forecasts for the global economy in the World Economic Outlook. 

And I have an important announcement to make—starting January 1, 2015 we will provide all our online data free-of-charge to everyone.