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."
Marian Wendt, rapporteur of the Open Data working group, commented: "Access to open administrative data not only offers opportunities for companies, but also for the administrations themselves: easy access to data becomes an important building block in a growth and opportunity-oriented country. In addition, more transparency strengthens the legitimacy of administrative transactions and thus also the confidence of citizens in the country".
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