The City of Vienna was the first city in the German-speaking world to publish data in 2011 and is one of the pioneers in Open Government Data across Europe.
The City of Vienna is committed to greater transparency, participation and greater cooperation with the population, businesses and science. Through Open Government Data public data and services of the city administration are made available to the public.
Through Open Government Data public data and services of the city administration, which are not subject to data protection and are not classified as infrastructure-critical, are made freely accessible to the population. These include geo data, traffic data, environmental data, budget data or statistical data. With this initiative, the City of Vienna is committed to greater transparency, participation and greater cooperation with the population, businesses and science. The access to the data catalog and the open government activities of Vienna is summarized in the “Open Government Portal“.
Openness & Dataness
“Openness” means an open culture of sharing and cooperation. It is the basis for increasing the value of the data and for achieving the greatest possible social benefits from it. “Dataness” describes our abilities and (technical) skills to deal with data and how to use data, which thus also results in the development of new professional images. In order to be able to use the potential of a “data ecosystem”, it is necessary to promote cultural change in regards to “Open & Data” through the provision of information, education and training. The City of Vienna is working to continuously expand the open data offer and to cultivate the open data culture.
The Open Data Community
The city of Vienna and other stakeholders organize regular meetings on the subject of “open data”. These include, for example, the quarterly open government platforms of the City of Vienna, the Vienna Open Data Meetups of Open Knowledge Austria and other networking events. The City of Vienna also plays an active role in the Cooperation OGD Austria and in the Cooperation OGD D-A-CH-LI.
Benefits of open data
As a result of consistent digitalisation, networking and use of open data, public administration as well as businesses and research institutions can improve their effectiveness and efficiency, use new sources of innovation and develop smarter solutions and products. Through low-threshold access to open data, start-ups and companies, as well as research, have the opportunity to create innovative and cost-effective solutions without risk. They also enable an open culture of sharing and cooperation. With Vienna’s open data, more than 200 applications have already been developed, ranging from apps for the use of the public transportation system or parking, visualisations of statistical and georeferenced data and creative designs, to useful helpers in everyday life and for tourists. The value added by these applications is estimated to be around 1 million euros.
Chief Executive Office – Executive Group for Organisation and Safety
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