Data policy and the modernisation of public administration

Digital technologies are now an integral part of business and society. The German administration is working hard to take advantage of the technological change. For example, they are processing large amounts of data - including geodata, economic data, environmental data, labour market or health data - however, they have only been using it for little more than the primary purposes. At the same time, hardly any new technologies have been used to develop better offerings from authorities, to cooperate with citizens, or to support companies. The state should learn to use new technologies for its tasks, and adapt to the changing needs of citizens and commercial operators. The responsible opening of government data holdings is a field associated with considerable profit opportunities for their management in the course of this change.