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Data-Summit 2017 (Quelle: CC-BY 4.0 Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V., Foto: Leonard Wolf)

Source: CC-BY 4.0 Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V., Foto: Leonard Wolf

Pink flyers, multi-coloured bracelets, sneakers, backpacks and Club Mate in water glasses - the 2017 Data Summit on Open Data presented an unusual picture for the participants in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

The opening event on the first day was a speech by the Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMVI, Dorothee Bär.

Dorothee Bär emphasized the importance of Open Data for the BMVI:

The BMVI, together with its numerous executive agencies, has the largest wealth of data within the Federal Administration. For this reason, we have launched the mCLOUD. The objective is to make as many of our data as possible accessible to the public. The Data Summit is a great Forum for those who are enthusiastic about Open Data and who would like to use these data for the benefit of all citizens. We are promoting this objective.

Just in time for the Data Summit, the BMVI’s mCLOUD data platform was expanded with 70 new data records. With these new records, the mCLOUD now offers almost 500 publicly accessible data contexts from the fields of road traffic, climate and weather, waterways and water bodies as well as railways and aviation.

Individual images from this photostream can be viewed in full size by downloading them from our Flickralbum (in German).

Around 250 passionate data fans from government, public authorities and civil society formed the audience for national and international speakers, who provided an impetus for the future handling of Open Data in Germany. The winners of the 2nd BMVI Data-Run presented their projects, which had been developed based on Open Data from the BMVI during the 24-hour BMVI Data-Run that took place on 2/3 December 2016.

Not only was the colour of the conference material unusual for a conference in a ministry. Christian Heise, Chairman of the Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation:

The 2017 Data Summit has shown how the administration and civil society can act in unison in order to demonstrate why Open Data and Open Knowledge are beneficial for all sectors of society and to prove that non-transparent action by government and the administration is no option anymore.

The second day of the Data Summit took place in the Betahaus in Berlin-Kreuzberg and offered a diverse programme with various workshops and debates. The participants learned, for instance, how to build a data platform with only a few clicks.

The Data Summit was organised and conducted by the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V. The event was funded by the BMVI and was held under the patronage of Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt.