Germany's digital association, Bitkom published a new Open Data report. Germany seems to be climbing up the ranks in relation to current Open Data leaders of the European Union. The open-by-default and open-by-design principles, as set forth by the Germany's 2017 national Open Data law, are taking shape. Still, the country has not fully realised its Open Data potential. This goes for the local, regional and national government level.
The Bitkom publication builds upon the association's Open Data Manifest, released in April 2017. The new report sheds light the past, current state and future of Open Data in Germany. It incorporates information on the history and origin of Open Data in Germany. This helps policy makers and practitioners to better understand and situate Open Data in a broader German policy context. In order to let German Open Data flourish, the report provides insights into different Open Data stages, a maturity model, as well as technical recommendations and different success stories. The full report is available in German via the website of Bitkom.