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K-Developedia is an open access repository established to allow easy access to resources on Korea’s past 70 years of development experience.


The ‘K’ in K-Developedia stands for Korea and the word ‘Developedia’ is a compound word of Development and Encyclopedia. The term can be defined as an encyclopedia covering all types of resources related to Korea's development experience.


K-Developedia targets decision makers in developing countries and researchers in the development field, based on the motto, ‘sharing knowledge for shared growth of developing countries’.


The scope and editorial direction of K-Developedia is to provide resources closely related to Korea’s development experience. K-Developedia aims to focus on the resources that cover the following areas: socioeconomic policy case studies on Korea’s development experience, research output and proceedings from capacity building workshops and consultation on developing countries, and statistical data on 1,545 key development indicators that support research findings.


The editorial direction of K-Developedia is to collect valid resources on policy case studies and evidence-based research papers on Korea’s development. Moreover, K-Developedia aims to provide user-friendly contents such as the comprehensive one-stop “Themes” and “Development Overview” section by reorganizing existing resources to meet the users’ needs and areas of interest.

History & Vision

As Korea’s remarkable economic growth for the past 70 years has captured the attention of the world, the demands for sharing the knowledge of Korea’s development have increased. To meet the demands by providing credible resources on a single platform, K-Developedia was launched by KDI (Korea Development Institute) School of Public Policy in November 2012, under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance.


Based on the belief that resource sharing is equivalent to knowledge sharing, through which development can be generated in a most cost-effective way in developing countries, K-Developedia strives to provide easy access to resources of Korea’s development to researchers and decision makers around the world and assist them in setting up policies and strategies for their countries.

Progress

In 2013, K-Developedia started providing services on mobile devices and upgraded functions for user’s convenience. In 2014, K-Developedia enhanced its contents by including multimedia contents and English translation of Korean abstracts. In 2015, Themes section was launched, aiming to provide tailored contents to our audience based on their needs and interests.

Features

  • K-Developedia allows users to freely access to more than 37,000 full texts, photos, and videos on Korea’s development experience.
  • Resources include Korea’s policy document, development cases, comparative studies and development assistance programs implemented by Korea for partner countries.
  • Materials are classified by six key topics in development – Economy, Industry and Technology, Territorial Development, Social Development, Government and Law and Official Aid.
  • Types of resources include reports, academic journals with open access, proceedings, statistics, pictures, video materials and oral data.
  • Resources are selected and updated daily by our advisory committee, which consists of scholars and experts in development fields.
  • K-Developedia cooperates with about 125 international organizations and research institutions in an out of Korea
  • K-Developedia provides 1,545 statistical indicators and comparative data on Korean economy
  • Main language of the website is English. (For the materials only available in Korean, K-Developedia provides English abstract.)

Key Search Functions

  • Advanced search

    Users can search resources by their title, material type, publisher, abstract, contents, category, country, and series title through Advanced search function.

  • Result filtering

    Result filtering function enables users to sort the search results by category, year, material type, publisher and language.

  • Synonyms

    Users can easily access other resources through the Synonyms function which collates resources related to the original search term.

  • Cross-reference

    K-Developedia has a cross-reference function in which users are provided with a variety of methods for finding related search results, making it easier to collect wanted materials.

  • Related documents

    Related documents function enables users to find additional resources which are found relevant to the particular search result.

  • Bookmark & Keyword alert

    By signing up and creating an account, users can bookmark resources while navigating the site and receive exclusive keyword alert service through visiting ‘My Page’.

  • Tutorial & Virtual Tour

    Users can find more information on how to make the best use of K-Developedia by utilizing the online Tutorial and Virtual Tour function.

Website address

Any of the four URL's listed below will direct you to K-Developedia.