Case: Accumulating Open Data in the State of Bavaria

How might we make data avaliable to those groups that use them?

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According to the Bavarian State Ministry for Digital Affairs there is a technological gap between data providers and data consumers in Bavaria, which impacts the open data provision of the whole country.

So called “open data” is data that is public and free to use for everyone. There are already several statistical datasets available by public institutions in Bavaria, but not public, yet. By today, there was no centralized place that is publishing these data. Besides localizing and clustering the available data, the challenge included communicating an open data mindset.

Main target users are people working in public authorities, no matter if in a small community or the ministry. For those, we developed a plattform that enables them to share data sets. Our primar focus: creating a consitant data structure. The collected data will benefit researchers, companies, start-ups, journalists, employees in the public sector and citizens.

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Learnings & Benefit

Many communities have no infrastructure available that supports handling open data. In contrast, some institutions show a very good structure and organization.

Providers usually don’t know what data provides value.

Many providers use CKAN as technical infrastructure. However, CKAN faces many technical restrictions.

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