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Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland


The Open Knowledge Foundation Germany (OKF) sees itself as part of an active civil society that shapes and drives social change toward an open knowledge society. We strengthen and promote maturity (self-determination and personal responsibility in the sense of enlightenment) and self-efficacy of people who are part of civil society.

Open data and civic tech have been core themes since our founding. Building on this, our thematic focus has expanded and differentiated in recent years: freedom of information & transparency; civic tech (prototypical innovation, sustainable digital infrastructures), open data & open hardware; open education & digital maturity. We take a variety of approaches to achieve our goals. These include political and practical education, public engagement, participatory event formats, campaigns, advocacy (e. g. written statements, hearings), strategic lawsuits, and the implementation and promotion of ideas that contribute to a citizen-centered, inclusive, and sustainable open knowledge society.

We operate the long-standing programs FragDenStaat, Jugend hackt, Code for Germany and the Prototype Fund. With the online platform FragDenStaat (founded 2011), we support citizens in exercising their right to access information from German authorities. With Jugend hackt (founded 2013), a program for political, open and digital education, the OKF has been supporting adolescent members of civil society to develop digital literacy and critical perspectives on an increasingly technologized world. In regional labs of the Code for Germany network, volunteers generate creative contributions for the use of technology and data in order to make the community and the interaction between the population and public institutions more transparent and inclusive and to support democratic participation. With the Prototype Fund, we have been promoting ideas for digital applications and infrastructures for society since 2016. In this way, we support software developers in implementing their ideas as prototypes.

Contact person Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e. V.
Singerstr. 109
10179 Berlin
E-Mail: info[at]
Telefon: +49 30 57 70 36 660