May 18, 2022

German Parliament (Bundestag) Adopts Open Data Act

From the European Data Portal:

The German Bundestag adopted the Federal Open Data Act on 18 May 2017. The new Act initiates cultural change in the administrations and obliges federal authorities to publish unprocessed data in the future.

Spokesman Thomas Jarzombek, member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) for CDU and part of the “Digitale Agenda” emphasised that the Open Data Act is a key milestone: “we are implementing one of the central digital-policy goals of the coalition agreement. More and more data related to human activities are also digitally recorded by the administration, such as the traffic on motorways or the registration of vehicles. These data will be collected and made available in the future in machine-readable format and free of charge. The systematic publication of administrative data in uniform, machine-readable standards creates opportunities for start-ups and SMEs, as the raw material and therefore the basis for data-driven business models are laid.”

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