The city administration plays a key role in the transformation process. After all, lays the groundwork by providing the necessary data and quickly accepting new opportunities for collaboration or offering them itself, for example. City administration employees must be convinced of the benefits of such changes.
Just as in all other areas of life, digitalisation (in this case, eGovernment) encourages a disruptive viewpoint with regard to the status quo, and a willingness to accept far-reaching changes and implement them through GovTech and CivicTech projects. Such a mental transformation requires time and space.
In CityLAB Berlin, we provide unencumbered spaces to re-think the administration of tomorrow and through publications such as Public Design, we also make useful resources for innovative administration available.
Open data as a key condition for the digital transformation
To ensure that all the data captured in the city can be used for modernising its infrastructure and administration, they must be published in a way that enables others to use them for the long term. They must be made available as open data. But before they can be made accessible to the general public, they must be anonymised and translated into an open, machine-readable format. Berlin is committed to an open data strategy and in recent years, has begun to systematically prepare and publish data.
To help administrative offices with the publication of their data, Berlin’s Senate Department for Finance, Energy and Business established the Open Data Information Office (ODIS) for the Berlin city administration. It is part of our organisation.