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Federal Ministery of the Interior publishes Study on "Open Government Data Deutschland"

Date 2012.08.02

Today, the Federal Ministery of the Interior has published the study "Open Government Data Deutschland" (Open Government Data Germany), in which legal, technical and organizational issues relating to the disclosure of datasets of public administration ("Open Government Data") were examined.

The study gives an account of the status quo in Germany and sets out recommendations for further action, especially with regard to the technical design of a cross-level online portal, payment and license models as well as possible operator models. The study comes to the conclusion that many administrative data can be disclosed already on the basis of the law in force – and without or only with very minor modifications.

In this connection, the Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, explains that: "The Federal Government has set itself the objective of ensuring more open and citizen-friendly governance and administrative procedures. This is based on freely accessible data and information that must be easily available for third parties and in standardized formats."

The Federal Ministery of the Interior will pick up the study's core recommendation and develop and test the prototype of a cross-level online portal.
This prototype, which will link freely accessible data from authorities of all administrative levels, shall be realized by the beginning of the year 2013. This way, those datasets of the public administration already released for further distribution can be made quickly visible and easily usable for any interested parties. The EU Commission's Digital Agenda will simultaneously be taken into account, whose goal consists in providing public sector data for the promotion of the economy and ensurance of greater transparency. Presently, the EU Commission is working on creating an infrastructure for the data of the member states to make these data available throughout Europe. A Germany-wide Open Government Data Portal would form part of that structure.

The study was prepared by the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS, supported by the Lorenz-von-Stein Institute for Administrative Sciences at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and the ÖPP Deutschland AG.

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