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- January 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

Yesterday we launched „Pot Secret“ („Topf Secret“ in German) - a platform against secrecy at food authorities. Consumers can use this platform to obtain the results of hygiene controls in restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets and other food-processing businesses. Together with our partners at foodwatch, we created a platform that enables all people to quickly and easily send pre-formulated freedom of information requests about businesses to the relevant authorities. „Pot Secret“ is based on a map that displays all businesses related to food that can be found in Open Street Maps. Users can select any establishment - from restaurants to bakeries to petrol stations - via a search function or by clicking on a road map. All users need to do is enter their name, e-mail and postal address, which will be sent to one of the matching regional authority together with a prepared text. We need a Transparency Law With the campaign, we not only want to make it possible for citizens to exercise their right to information.We want to pressure the government to enact proactive transparency laws on food safety. So far, most of the results of hygiene controls have been kept secret. Federal Nutrition Minister Julia Klöckner must create the legal basis for a transparency system such as that in Denmark, Wales or Norway. All the results of official food inspection are published there, on the Internet and directly at the shop door. So far, our campaign has shown how big public interest in hygiene transparency is: More than 4,500 requests were filed in the first 24 hours of the campaign already. Take part in the campaign (in German) → the new platform for financial transparency in Europe

- September 7, 2017 in open budget, open budget data, open budgets, Open Fiscal Data, Open Spending

Today, OpenBudgets officially launches its fiscal transparency platform. Using journalists, civil servants, and data scientists can process, analyse, and explore the nature and relevance of fiscal data.
The platform offers a toolbox to everyone who wants to upload, visualise and analyse fiscal data. From easy to use visualisations and high level analytics to fun games and accessible explanations of public budgeting and corruption practices along with
participatory budgeting tools, it caters to the needs of journalists, activists, policy makers and civil servants alike. The first successful implementations and projects have been developed in Thessaloniki, Paris, and Bonn, where civil society organisations and civil servants have together built budget visualisation for the general public.The cooperation between IT and administration resulted in 3 local instances of, setting the example for future implementations around Europe. On the EU level, the project has campaigned for transparency in MEP expenses and better quality data on the European subsidies. The project
subsidystories has uncovered how almost 300 billion in EU subsidies is spent. The MEP expenses campaign has led to the President of the European Parliament committing to introduce concrete proposals for reform of the MEPs’ allowance scheme by the end of the year. Finally, the project has created tailor-made tools for journalists as our research has shown that there was a lack of contextual knowledge and knowledge on the basics of accounting. ‘Cooking budgets’presents the basics of accounting in a satirical website, and the successful game ‘The good, the bad and the accountant’ simulates the struggle of a civil servant to retain its integrity. The three approaches and audiences to public budgeting have resulted in a holistic platform which tailors to the wider public who wants to have more insights in their local, regional, national and even EU budgets. With the launch of the field of financial transparency in Europe is enriched by new tools, data, games and research for journalists, civil society organisations and civil servants alike, resulting in a valuable resource for a broad target audience. has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 EU research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 645833 and is implemented by an international consortium of nine partners (including Open Knowledge International and Open Knowledge Foundation Germany) under the coordination of Fraunhofer IAIS.

Launch: promotes transparency within the educational system in Germany

- April 12, 2017 in OK Germany, Open Knowledge Network, open-education

This blog was written by Moritz Neujeffski, School of Data Germany team.

School of Data Germany, a project by Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland, helps non-profit organisations, civil rights defenders and activists to understand and use data and technology effectively to increase their impact on societal challenges. Profound knowledge in processing data allows individuals and organisations to critically reflect and to influence public debates with evidence-based arguments. is the outcome of our first partnership with BildungsCent eV. Together we explored the programs schools in Germany offer students beside general lessons and advocated for a transparent German education system. While we definitely learned a lot about the school system in Germany, we provided specially tailored Workshops for BildungsCent eV. We addressed how to clean, analyse and visualise data and what pitfalls to look out for in digital projects. Education is more than school lessons. Character and drive often develop outside the classroom. Public information on schools in Germany is sparse and not often available in a structured and organised format. Together with BildungsCent eV., we investigated the availability and access of data on schools in Germany.
The focus of our investigation: How is data on schools best communicated to the public? How does that affect the potential of schools to be important social hubs?

Findings of our analysis:

Parents, students, teachers, politicians, and civil society organisations benefit from enhanced information on the German school system that is provided on School of Data Germany and BildungsCent eV. campaigned for more transparency in the educational sector and promoted dialogues between stakeholders in educational policy.We also provided an overview of more than 30,000 schools of general education in Germany. The interactive map makes it possible to search for and filter according to specific school types. The educational sector differs among the 16 German federal states. We gathered information on the development of each individual school system, public spending within the educational sector, and the employment situation of teachers for each state. Moreover,  3,000 profiles for schools in Berlin and Saxony containing their mission statements, the number of students and teachers per school, study groups and cooperations between schools and actors from civil society, public departments, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders were set up. All this data as used in the project is available as open data on our website.

Our aim is to facilitate the use of educational data by journalists, politicians, scientists, the civic tech community, and stakeholders of educational policy.

Concluding remarks on school activities & cooperations in Berlin and Saxony

  •  413 out of 800 general education schools in Berlin communicate their activities to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Family.
  • On average, they provide eight activities in at least four areas such as environment, literature, handcraft, and technology besides regular lessons.
  • In Saxony, 1206 out of 1500 schools of general education report to the statistical office.
  • In total, they offer 11,600 activities. On average, this amounts to ten activities in five different areas per school.
  • Sporting activities are most prominent in both federal states. Partners from civil society and public affairs are the highest among schools in both states.
Schools promote the well-being and development of children and adolescents through diverse projects, partners, and activities. They are an important component of the livelihood and learning environment of students and provide an important perspective on society. To establish a holistic picture of the German school system and to increase transparency and the ability to compare federal states on educational matters, data has to be better collected, organised, and structured at the state level. Administrations, especially need to improve their performance in order to foster an effective debate on the German school system.  

A look back at the work of Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland in 2016

- February 2, 2017 in network, OK Germany

This blog post is part of our on-going Network series featuring updates from chapters across the Open Knowledge Network and was written by the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland team. We are the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland (OKF DE), the German chapter of OKI. We advocate for open knowledge, open data, transparency, and civic participation and consider ourselves an active part of German and European civil society.

Our goals

  • we provide technical tools that inform citizens about the potential and chances of open data and empower citizens to become active

  • we organize educational events and projects and author publications in the domain of science, research, and public relations

  • we offer trainings on open data and related technical tools

  • we organize groups that discuss sustainable strategies and applications for the usage and advancement of open knowledge

  • we build our community and connect relevant individuals with one another

Currently, we have 25 employees (16,5 FTE, 14 female/11 male) and 8 board members (6 male/2 female) in our team. We are pursuing the concept of “Open Salaries.” We have a simple formula to calculate salaries and we share this with the whole team.  Our salaries are based on the public services salaries (TVÖD 12/S1 – Project Assistant, TVÖD 13/S2 – Project Manager, TVÖD 13/S3 – Project Lead and CEO). Our anticipated annual budget in 2016 of 1.2 million Euros remains relatively consistent compared to 2015 and is a result of our collective efforts to consolidate our programs and focus on fewer priorities. We are aiming for a mixed funding portfolio to avoid dependency on a few big funders. We are currently working on 19 grant-based projects to advance unlimited access to knowledge across different branches of society (politics, culture, economics, science). Here’s a brief look back over our work and major projects in 2016:

Ask The Jobcentre! (original: Frag Das Jobcenter!)

Project: Project lead: The project FragdenStaat ( “Ask Your Government” in English) runs a campaign to demand wider transparency in public jobcentres in Germany. Jobcentres are powerful authorities: not only are they allowed to track unemployed persons who draw unemployment benefits, they also control the personal data of anyone sharing a household with those beneficiaries. Internal directives and target agreements manage how jobcentres operate, for instance when and why they cover costs for health insurance, and when they penalise beneficiaries. To understand how jobcentres operate, FragdenStaat wants to request all internal directives and target agreements. Help us to request these documents! More information is available here.

Annual Youth Hackathon “Youth hacked” (orginial: “Jugend hackt”)

Project: Project lead: “Youth Hacked” is a hackathon that brings together young, tech-savvy people to write code, tinker with hardware, and develop ideas that can change society. In mid-October participants between 12 and 18 years old travelled from all around Germany in order to attend the event. Those who couldn’t join physically were able to attend through livestream. It was a busy weekend: 24 projects were developed by 120 youngsters, supported by 42 mentors and volunteers and followed by about 700 visitors. More about the event can be read in this blogpost, and in this news article (both in German). The “Youth Hacked” event celebrated a premier in Austria and Switzerland. In November, “Youth Hacked Austria” brought young people in Linz together, shortly followed by the first Youth Hacked event in Zurich, Switzerland. Furthermore, we are happy about a  collaboration with Goethe-Institut Ostasien. Together we teamed up and organised a workshop in Seoul titled “Vernetzte Welten” (engl. “Connected Worlds”).

Prototype fund: first round closes with 500+ submissions

Project: Project lead:; The Prototype Fund is a brand new project of Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. It is also the first public-funding programme around civic tech, data literacy, and data security which targets non-profit software projects. We support software developers, hackers and creatives to develop their ideas – from concept to the first pilot. Every project receives 30.000 Euros, including a mentorship programme and knowledge sharing within an interesting network. Now the first round of a call for submissions is closed. During this round we received more than 500 submissions. This overwhelming interest is a strong message confirming the need for this project which in total will invest 1.2 million Euros into open source projects. Within three years, 40 open source prototypes will be funded. Latest news are available on the webseite of the Prototype Fund. The project is supported by the BMBF, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

OGP Summit in Paris: We represented German civil society

For years Open Knowledge Foundation Germany has demanded that Germany join the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and promote the values of open government. 32 European and Central -Asian countries had joined the partnership, but Germany was not among them. This changed in December 2016. Being mindful of recent political developments, we used the opportunity to represent German civil society during the OGP Summit in Paris which was held between December 7 and 9. Our participation included actions and debates such as:

Save the date: OKF DE Data Summit in 2017

Date & location: April 28-29, 2017 | Berlin Conference with keynotes, workshops and barcamp/unconference Topics: open data | digital volunteering | civic tech | mobility concepts | open administration | participation | transparency | freedom of information | connectivity | data for social good | data literacy This year we are planning a data summit connecting the networks that developed through our project ‘Datenschule’ (engl. School of Data). Within two successful years of Code for Germany we developed many different projects and networks around Germany. Our educational program ‘Datenschule’ connects charitable, and non-profit organisations with our community. The goal is to enable NGOs using data as an information source for their socio-political work. The data summit is intended to connect the members of our School of Data network even more. Over two days, open data and civic tech enthusiasts, representatives of policy, public administration, entrepreneurs, journalists and non-profit organisations can exchange experiences with one another. The data summit shall be a platform to develop new projects, to deepen data literacy through workshops, and to learn how digital tools can be employed in a modern data-driven society. Our goal: To provide a forum where participants can expand their networks, share experiences, get to know each other and exchange knowledge. Note by the author OKF DE is an independent not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin, Germany in 2011 (under VR 30468 B, to be fully transparent). OKF DE is a pioneering and award-winning civil society organisation engaging in different aspects of the digital age. Their work is independent, non-partisan, interdisciplinary and non-commercial.

Freies Wissen in der Wikipedia

- January 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

Du interessiert dich für Open Everything? Open Data, Open Government, offene Kulturdaten, Informationsfreiheit und weitere? Dann komm zu unserem Editathon am 18. Februar, um diese Themen in der Wikipedia besser darzustellen! Wer kann dabei sein? Jede und jeder, der/die sich gerne mit diesen Themen beschäftigt und diese gerne zur Verbesserung der Wikipedia einbauen würde. So können wir beispielsweise Ergebnisse von Open Data Projekten als Belege in der Wikipedia anführen, um diese noch fundierter zu gestalten. Was ist ein Editathon? Der Begriff “Editathon” setzt sich zusammen aus dem Begriff “editieren”, also bearbeiten, und “Marathon”. Es kommen also Leute zusammen, die sich darauf stürzen die Wikipedia gemeinsam zu unterstützen und zu bearbeiten. Wann und wo findet der Editathon statt? Am Samstag, den 18.02.2017, von 12 bis 16 Uhr im Büro der Wikimedia Deutschland (Tempelhofer Ufer 23/24, 10963 Berlin). Ihr kommt von außerhalb Berlins und wollt extra anreisen? Kein Problem! Meldet euch bei damit die Reisekosten übernommen werden. Was wird passieren? Zuerst gibt es noch mal einen kleinen Einführungsworkshop dazu, wie man die Wikipedia richtig bearbeitet. Und danach geht es auch schon los! Ihr habt noch Fragen? Wenn ihr noch etwas wissen wollt, kein Problem. Meldet euch einfach bei mir, Leonard Wolf per Mail ( oder Telefon (+49 30 57703666 0). Wenn ihr dabei sein wollt, dann tragt euch gerne auf der entsprechenden Wikipediaseite dazu ein: 18.02. - Freies Wissen in der Wikipedia Foto: CC BY 2.0 Fotograf: Sebastiaan ter Burg

Neues Open-Data-Gesetz: Zu schwach, zu schwammig, zu spät

- January 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

Berlin, 26.01.2017 - Das Bundeskabinett hat gestern das Open-Data-Gesetz beschlossen, das zu einer Offenlegung von Daten im Bestand der Bundesbehörden führen soll. Der Gesetzentwurf ist aber unausgegoren: Anstatt in der Debatte um falsche Medienberichterstattung (“Fake News”) auf die verpflichtende Veröffentlichung harter Fakten zu setzen, hat sich die Bundesregierung auf einen Minimalkonsens geeinigt. Viele Behörden werden kaum neue Daten veröffentlichen.

Projektassistenz für Edulabs (50%)

- January 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

Wie lässt sich Bildung mit digital gestützten Methoden gestalten? Die Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland (OKF DE) ist ein gemeinnütziger Verein, der sich für offene Daten und freies Wissen einsetzt. Mit unserem Projekt Education Labs (edulabs) engagieren wir uns für den Aufbau von Kompetenzen zur Erstellung, Nutzung und Verbreitung von Open Educational Resources (OER).

2030Watch sucht Verstärkung!

- January 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

Im September 2015 haben die Vereinten Nationen siebzehn globale Nachhaltigkeitsziele verabschiedet, die bis 2030 erreicht sein sollen. Auch die Bundesregierung und alle OECD Staaten haben sich zur Umsetzung dieser Agenda verpflichtet. Damit es nicht bei leeren Versprechen bleibt, hat die Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland 2030Watch, ein datenbasiertes Monitoringtool, entwickelt, um die Erreichung der siebzehn globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele (Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs) zu messen. Bereits jetzt gibt es national und international bereit ein großes Interesse an 2030Watch und das positive Feedback von Basisgruppen, Lobbyorganisationen und Parlamentariern zeigt, dass wir mit 2030Watch einen echten Mehrwert leisten können. Mehr Infos finden sich hier: 2030Watch

Pressemitteilung statt Offenheit: Open Government ist mehr als nur Open Data

- January 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

Das Bundesverkehrsministerium (BMVI) hat gestern mitgeteilt, dass es amtliche Wetterdaten des Deutschen Wetterdienstes zur gebührenfreien Nutzung für die Öffentlichkeit freigeben will. Minister Dobrindt freut sich laut Mitteilung, dass ein “einzigartiger Datenschatz” geöffnet werde. Anscheinend hat das Bundeskabinett gestern einem Entwurf für die Änderung des DWD-Gesetzes zugestimmt.

33c3: Unsere Highlights

- January 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Wir erholen uns gerade noch ein wenig vom #33c3, an dem wir in fast voller Teamstärke teilgenommen haben.