Open Data Toolset Berlin

The work package 3 will build upon different tools, which have been developed and are used by Fraunhofer FOKUS. These are tools for handling and provisioning of data, utilizing data in mobile application mash ups and infrastructure for deploying and testing of eGovernment solutions. The tools will be adapted for the Open Cities project and form the foundation for the prototypical Open Data platform.

ModelBus is a tool integration framework which supports the development of integrated tool chains for the provisioning, analysis and transformation of models and data. It is based on well-established MDE technologies. ModelBus provides a mature, high-quality, efficient integration infrastructure, which e.g. assures the consistency of the data provided. ModelBus is a highly customizable and flexible solution which is designed to support large and distributed infrastructures.

The ModelBus Repository is a fast, reliable, and flexible model and data repository which supports the efficient management of models and other structured artifacts. Relying on a common versioning mechanism it provides a rich set of features such as branching, tagging, and tracing. Its functionality is presented via Web services (WSDL interface), sending e.g. notifications on changes of the data allowing thus the embedding in various business processes.

MashWeb is a suite of Web components that supports the integration of SOA concepts such as late binding and distributed orchestration of services within your composed Web applications, so-called Mashups. MashWeb enables software developers to integrate 3rd party services dynamically into their applications during runtime and to distribute them between the client and server side. The distribution of Mashups allows for integration of local resources residing on the users´ devices and a Widget-like-offline capability.

The described tools are brought together in the eGovernment laboratory of Fraunhofer FOKUS. First opened in November 2004, it provides an ideal infrastructure for the cooperative development and trials of innovative eGovernment solutions like tools and platforms for Open Data. It encompasses up-to-date eGovernment architectures, infrastructural components, solutions and products. New developments are tested lab conditions and presented as scientific outcomes. The focal points of the eGovernment laboratory´s activities are the interoperatibility of eGovernment products, replication of processes and modeling of laws and regulations. The Fraunhofer FOKUS eGovernment laboratory supports vendors and IT providers, helping them to identify compatibility problems and with the migration of proprietary solutions right trough to standard based solutions, thus providing the ideal environment for the establishment of the prototypical Open Data platform.

Open Innovation

The department’s division for Communication, Media and Creative Industries within Berlin Government Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Women’s Issues is engaged in the field of Open Innovation Mechanisms.

A collection of experiences and practices within Berlin’s city administration is gathered focusing on   collecting approaches in use of the Senate Department for Economics and the Senate Department for Urban Development.

Crowdsourcing is an already well established method within the Berlin-wide initiative “Projekt Zukunft” (Project Future). Experts’ discussion groups, round tables and creative contests are used to foster the development of the region's creative industries. Besides the Project Future site where online votings are regularly presented there is creative-city-berlin, a Berlin-wide platform for the creative sector.

Two crowdsourcing pilots are already realised:

The Apps4Berlin Contest was successfully launched. In this call for ideas and prototypes regarding digital mobile apps which are of value for Berlin; best solutions were selected by the public crowd by online voting and an expert jury. Out of 72 applications fifteen winners were chosen by the jury; 5700 people were voting for the audience award.

Furthermore the Berlin Senate has developed and is supporting the branch in realising a strategy for the city's design industry implemented in a participatory process together with stakeholders from the sector.

Open Data

The Open Data working group in Berlin is well connected with regional, national and European initiatives. The topic is very welcome within the administration and the community. In special events - organised by Project Future - politicians, scientists and activist were discussing possible solutions and questions concerning the practice of Open Data in Berlin's administration. The project and its aims were presented to an interested public and engaged experts.

A successful conjunction with the EuroCities Network was established by initiating a working group on Open data. By connecting to other European cities that have established Open data platforms within their administration as e.g. Vienna exchanges on experiences and solutions are furthermore fostered.