The city administration plays a key role in the transformation process. After all, it lays the groundwork for transformation by providing the necessary data or by readily accepting new opportunities for collaboration (or suggesting potential collaborations itself), for example. But this kind of transformation is only possible when the city employees themselves are convinced.
Just as in all other areas of life, digitalisation (in this case, eGovernment) encourages a disruptive viewpoint with regard to the status quo as well as a willingness to accept far-reaching changes and implement them through GovTech and CivicTech projects. This kind of a shift in mindset requires time and space.
In CityLAB Berlin, we provide unencumbered spaces for reimagining the administration of tomorrow. Through publications such as Public Design, we also provide administrations with useful resources for thinking and working innovatively.
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, these data must be published in a way that enables others to use them 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 Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises established the Open Data Information Office (ODIS) for the Berlin city administration. This office is part of our organisation.