Data are the raw material of digitalisation. It is also necessary to use data collected by public administrations that are not subject to interests worthy of protection. No matter whether they refer to transport, environmental, health or geo data, processing or linking these data sets creates economic and social added value. It may also result in synergies when exchanging data between administrations.
The basic idea behind open data is that public authorities’ collect these data on behalf of citizens and therefore they are free to access and use them. This can also be regarded as an increase in the transparency of government action.
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung supports this approach and examines the economic potential of Open Data, discusses the political and legal framework conditions in the European context and conveys examples of best practice.