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

The economic value of Open Data by the public administration was esteemed by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung at an annual total of 43,1 billion euro in 2016. Open Data hold huge economic benefits. With the support of Open Data, business founders can build new, not yet existing business models.

What is Open Data used for?
Already, innovative companies, research facilities and civic initiatives use the published data of the data portal to create:

  • Analysis
  • Informationsangeboten
  • Weiterführende Services

The information range of the Open Data portal with around 1.700 data records serves information from the opening times of the Berlin Christmas markets to the broadband supply in the separate districts tot he household of the city.

Due to the growth of the Open Data portal and because of the requirements in the new Berlin e-government act, opening general accessible data and make it more useful, the data range of the Berlin administration will be improved in quality and better structured.

TSB Study “Open Data in der Berliner Verwaltung”

To find out how to improve the data range, the Technologiestiftung Berlin was commissioned with the study „Open Data in der Berliner Verwaltung“ (“Open Data in the Berlin Administration”).

The Technologiestiftung Berlin interviewed various employees of the district and main administration to assemble the study. The results of the questionnaires show that for further development oft he Open Data range: 

  • Clearly defined personal responsibilities within the administrations
  • Better coordination in the publishing process
  • Practical and technical support within the publishing process

will be necessary.

You can find the study here.  

The Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises will integrate neccessary measures for the determined needs into the Open Data act of Berlin.

Open Data Informationsstelle (ODIS)

In the future, Technologiestiftung Berlin with help of the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, and the Open Data InfoPoint (in German, Open Data Informationsstelle and shortened to ODIS) will help Berlin’s administrations to develop the Open-Data-services and support the publishing process.

ODIS will accompany the administrations through the process of treating open data and developing suitable workflows to integrate the data publishing process under the principle „Open by default“ into existing workflows.

Link to ODIS (German Website):
For further information on ODIS in English click here.

Which Open Data Networks exist within Berlin’s administrations?
The study by Technologiestiftung Berlin has determined that structured and goal-oriented communication is necessary for the data responsible employees. For this, event formats for the purpose of informal networking, meetings, and exchange of experience are essential for Open Data-interested parties.

By regular events, such as the Open Data Lunches, the exchange between interested parties in the Berlin Open Data-administration is supported and further specific need for action for the automatic publishing process is to be determined.

To connect administration employees with the Open Data-community or the data users, the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises organises the annual conference Berlin Open Data Day (BODDy).

At BODDy, administration and community will talk and discuss latest information, developments, and trends in the Open Data industry.

This year, the Energy Hackday will be held under the topic „Energy Hack for an energy efficient city“. Together with the Open Data-community, solutions and applications based on the already existing Open Data-range of Berlin’s administration are to be developed and presented to the public.

Further information about the Energy Hackathon to follow and will be displayed on this page.

Sebastian Askar
Sebastian Askar

Management of Digitalisation, ICT-economy and digital Infrastructure