Open Data

Open Data

Harnessing the added value of open data

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.

These data are made available to the general public as Open Government Data, which comply with the open data principles in the broadest sense. In order to facilitate widespread use and easy processing, they should be provided free-of-charge, in a machine-readable format and subject to clear and consistent terms of use.

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.