Updated annually, our Wegweiser Kommune (Community Roadmap) offers data on a range of topics, such as demographic change, education, employment, integration and sustainability. The public can freely access the data through various interfaces. In the next project cycle, we will also be updating our 2040 population forecast, our nursing-care forecast, and our classification of demographic types. We use the Wegweiser Kommune to increase the transparency of social developments and to support the data-driven implementation and management of community-level processes. Our work with this large-scale data portal has allowed us to gain valuable experience in the publication and use of high-quality data.
In the Open Data project area, one focus is on expanding our Open Data Network for public administrators. We also offer a range of formats, such as online workshops, BarCamps and hackathons, to increase expertise in the area of open data and to transfer know-how. Our Guide to Open Data supports individuals and organizations in making data more freely available in their community. We regularly update the municipal Sample Data Catalogue of open data and further develop its underlying algorithm. As part of an ongoing exchange with the open-data community, we are always looking for ideas and initiatives that can further advance open data in Germany.
Data and Civil Society
Open data from civil society organizations have considerable potential. For example, if data on a particular topic come not only from within a single organization, but from multiple sources, it increases the benefits that can be had from the data as well as the social impact.
A considerable amount of data expertise exists in civil society, but few data are made available by civil society organizations as open data. We want to help close this gap in partnership with other organizations. This topic is being examined in an exploratory project set to run until the end of 2023.
The Bertelsmann Stiftung invites interested stakeholders from civil society to join us in laying the foundation, so that more (open) data can be made available from civil society and used by it.
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