Germany takes small step towards OGP

Germany takes small step towards OGP
Today, negotiations over an upcoming “black-red” grand coalition government in Germany took a decisive step forward with the conclusion over a coalition agreement that will be the basis for forming a government, many weeks after the general elections of September 22. The elections resulted in no clear majorities, and ejected the liberal democrats (FDP) from ...

German government screws up open data

German government screws up open data
Last year, the German government commissioned a fairly extensive study (Link) on open data, and started preparations for an open government data portal. The open data community felt somewhat relieved. After all, lobbying for more open government in Germany, the cradle of prussian bureaucracy, is not exactly an easy task. This is a state apparatus ...

Representative study in Germany attests urgent need for open government

Representative study in Germany attests urgent need for open government
Earlier this year, on February 28, a Berlin working group introduced the results of a representative study carried out to measure public perception in Germany of transparency and open government measures. The working group, consisting of representatives from a small number of NGOs active in open government advocacy (see our previous article), presented the study ...

Campaign Under Way for Germany to Join Open Government Partnership

Campaign Under Way for Germany to Join Open Government Partnership
When eight countries committed to launching the Open Government Partnership in the fall of 2011, chaired by the governments of the United States and Brazil, hopes were high among the German “opengov” community that their own government’s commitment might be imminent. For quite some time, efforts for more transparent, collaborative and participatory government in Germany ...

Announcing the Open Gov Germany interview series

Announcing the Open Gov Germany interview series
As a special warm-up, we have decided to launch OpenGovGermany with a series of interviews. We are going to talk to change makers and key open government individuals in the German open government community about their activities, successes and failures, visions and backgrounds. We believe that change begins with people who have great ideas and ...

Introducing OpenGovGermany

Introducing OpenGovGermany
You are looking at our fresh and experimental website for Open Gov Germany. Thank you for visiting, we appreciate your interest in this project very much. Please send us your feedback (on the idea, the website, the design, the content). We are also looking for authors, contributors and sponsors/supporters.

Is there a German Open Government movement?

Is there a German Open Government movement?
The short answer: Now there is. The long answer: it is a bit more complicated. The efforts coming from many areas in society to put pressure on the public sector to change, adopt new technologies, to open up and to engage its citizens, are fractured efforts. While some start adopting US-style web campaigning, setting up ...