The Frag den Staat (‘Ask The Government’) portal enables interested citizens to request information from a variety of public sector organisations by making a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. On the project’s website, the requests, their current status and the responses to them are transparently documented and published. Frag den Staat wants to empower citizens and hopes to generate further interest in FOI. FragDenStaat.de is inspired by the British FOI-portal What Do They Know and cooperates with other FOI portals around the world.
2030-Watch monitors the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Germany. The SDGs were set by the United Nations in September 2015 to be implemented by 2030. All members of the United Nations have committed to realizing these 17 goals and 169 targets. The goals include the eradication of poverty and inequality between and within countries as well as action against climate change. 2030-Watch primarily uses data from the OECD, the World Bank and other international organizations. The project will also propose indicators for goals which are hard to operationalize, such as fair trade relations. The launch of the 2030-Watch website is planned for the end of October 2015. The project budget for 2015 is 55.620 Euro. 73% of the budget is funded by the German ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The other funders are Welthungerhilfe (9%), Brot für die Welt/EED (9%) and Terre des Hommes (7%). The remaining funds are private donations (below 1%).
‘Kleine Anfragen’ are official questions to the government by members of the state-parliaments and of the Bundestag (federal German parliament). The relevant ministries are obliged to provide written responses which are made available to the parliament and the public.
kleineAnfragen.de collects the requests and responses from parliamentarians (Federal and State level) to the government and makes them available through a simple interface. This opens the possibility to effortlessly search through the requests. You can easily search by keyword, filter by individual, document type etc. In addition, you can subscribe and receive alerts when new requests with your search-terms are added.
Our aim is to obtain easier access to the work of the federal and state parliaments, to get to know opinions and interests of the opposition and to bring important and interesting details to light.
OKF DE is an independent not-for-profit organisation based in Berlin, Germany. OKF DE is a pioneering and award-winning Civil Society Organisation engaging in different aspects of the digital age. Our work is independent, non-partisan, interdisciplinary and non-commercial.
The Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland (OKF DE) is the German branch of the international Open Knowledge Foundation Network (OKFN), a world-wide network of internationally active members that campaign for the advancement of open knowledge and open data. Only together with our friends and our supporters can we reach our goals.
The Open Knowledge Foundation Germany considers itself an active part of German and European civil society. We promote and support civil rights as they are formulated in the German constitution and the European Convention of Human Rights. We campaign in particular for the protection of these rights online.
Open knowledge helps citizens to obtain information and enables informed opinion-making. It generates societal and economic value and is, in our view, indispensable for a functioning democracy. We are striving to make open knowledge an integral component of the modern world, online as well as offline. Open knowledge delivers far-reaching societal change. This includes:
Better government: Openness improves governance through increased transparency, efficiency, and participation. We support international efforts such as the Open Government Partnership to engage in this domain.
Better access to culture: Openness in the cultural domain means granting citizens access to cultural information and giving them the opportunity to actively engage with it. We support international efforts such as the Open Glam Initiative(Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) in this area.
Better research and science: In order to make research more efficient and to ensure its relevance for society, research results and activities need to be open and transparent. We acknowledge the Budapest Open Access Initiative and the Berlin Declaration and aim to further the Internet’s role as a fundamental, global instrument for scientific discovery.
Better economy: Openness allows for a simplified and accelerated reutilization of open material, data, and content as the basis for the development of innovation, tools, and services.
Here we explain in detail how this translates into the focus for our work.
Based on our conviction, we pursue the following goals:
To reach these goals:
Jugend hackt is a program designed to support young coders. While such competitions as ‘Jugend musiziert’ (Music) and ‘Jugend forscht’ (Science) have been established in Germany for decades, there are few intiatives directed towards young talent in the field of software development. To fill this gap, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V., together with the media education agency, Mediale Pfade, organized the first Jugend hackt event in 2013. Since then, it has become a successful and well-established hackathon for young coders from all over Germany. Together with like-minded peers, participants use open data to work on prototypes, digital tools, and concepts in order to contribute to their vision of a better society. Volunteer mentors with technical expertise guide them through this process. Jugend hackt aims to empower young coders with technical skills and to familiarize them with the creative and political contexts in which these skills can be applied. ‘Improving the world, code by code’, that is Jugend hackt’s message.