Open Data

Data is digital gold, raw material of the 21st century, new oil and thus the driver of the economy in the digital age!

Open Data Berlin

In 2016 the economic value of open data from the public administration was estimated by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to be 43.1 billion Euros per year; open data offer a high economic benefit. Company founders can set up new business models not believed possible so far by means of open data.  

What are open data used for?

By now innovative enterprises, research institutes and civic initiatives use published data from the data portal for preparing:

  • Analyses
  • Offers on information
  • Further services

The information offer of the Open-Data portal with its approximately 1700 data records comprises opening times of the Berlin Christmas markets via broadband supply in the individual districts right up to the city’s budget.

In future, data offered by the Berlin administration is to reorganise and strengthen its system and improve the quality due to the growing open-data portal and the requirements of the new Berlin ‘E-Gouvernement Act’ to open up generally accessible data and to make better use of these.  

TSB Study Open Data in the administration of Berlin

In order to establish how the data offer can be improved, the Technologiestiftung Berlin was commissioned with the study ‘Open Data in the administration of Berlin’.

To this end the Technologiestiftung Berlin has carried out numerous interviews with employees of district - and main administrations. The results of the persons interviewed show that in order to further develop the Open-Data offer:  

  • unambiguous responsibilities of persons within the administration,
  • a more coordinated publication
  • as well as practical and technical support of the process of publication will become necessary.  

You will find the study here.  

The Senate Administration for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises will integrate the necessary measures of the established requirements into the Open-Data Act of the Country of Berlin.

Open Data Information Point (ODIS)

In future, by involving the Open Data Information Point (ODIS), the Technologiestiftung Berlin will support the administrations of Berlin with a grant by the Senate Administration for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises to expand the open data offer and to support the process of publication.          

ODIS is to accompany the administrations in processing open data and developing suitable workflows in order to integrate data publications better into existing workflows according to the principle ‘Open by default’.

Link to ODIS:

What Open-Data-Networks exist already within the administrations of Berlin?

The study of the Technologiestiftung Berlin has also established that it is important to have a structured and target-oriented communication available between the persons responsible for the data to advance the Open Data. It is for this reason that events for informal networking, personal meetings but also exchanging experiences are essential for Open-Data interested persons.

By staging regular events, such as, for instance, the Open Data Lunches, an exchange between interested persons within the Open-Data administration of Berlin, is to be promoted and further specific requirements be established for an automated process of publication.

In order to link the administration employees with the Open Data Community resp. the data users, the Senate Administration for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises organises the annual conference Berlin Open Data Day (BODDy).

During BODDy, administration and Community exchange the latest information, developments, and trends within the area of Open Data.

This year will see an Energy Hackday on the subject ‘Energy Hack für eine energieeffiziente Stadt’ [Energy Hack for an energy efficient city].  Together with the Open Data Community solutions and applications from the existing Open-Data offer of the Berlin administration are to be developed and be presented to the public.

Further information on the Energy Hackathon will soon follow here.

Sebastian Askar
Sebastian Askar

Management of Digitalisation, ICT-economy and digital Infrastructure