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Digital First – The Swedish Climate Dashboard

Sweden's ambition to become fossil fuel free by 2045 is a great example of climate leadership. With plans of installing a public dashboard to track the transition across all sectors the Swedish society is also up for the challenge. The Swedish technology company MapLauncher is prototyping the Climate Dashboard, that hopefully helps to keep on track in terms of halving emissions, not only in more


Back to School for Data? Periodic Table of Open Data Impact

Despite global commitments to and increasing enthusiasm for open data, little is actually known about its use and impact. What kinds of social and economic transformation has open data brought about and what is its future potential? How and under what circumstances has it been most effective? Even as proponents extol the virtues of open data, the field suffers from a lack of detailed more

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Climate’s Wildcard – The Digital Revolution

Digitization already influences the decisions of three billion people and businesses every day and is poised to profoundly disrupt the global economy in the next decade. The expected digital disruption can help determine whether we live on a 1.5-2°C planet or a +3°C world. The Exponential Climate Action Roadmap charts the steps needed to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. more


Roundtable Recap – Bernhard Fehr, DLR Institute for Transportation Systems, Braunschweig

Bernhard Fehr, researcher at the German Aerospace Center in Braunschweig (Germany), reminds us that there is not only one future of mobility but a range of opportunities for futures of mobility. In a short recap interview following our roundtable discussion, Bernhard points out that city planning and the planning of transportation systems should be integrated in those visions of the future. more


Roundtable Recap – Gabriel Plassat, FabMob France

Our French connection and sister initiative FabMob was represented by its founder Gabriel Plassat for our roundtable discussion on 'Open Source Shared Mobility'. Gabriel sees the center of our future mobility lying in more liveable cities and a more citizen-centric approach with shared mobility, active modes of transport and public transport coming together. more


Roundtable Recap – Max Kortlander, Waag Amsterdam

Max Kortlander, researcher of Waag at Amsterdam, Netherlands sees a bottom-up, co-created future of mobility. In a short recap interview following our roundtable discussion, Max says people who will be mobile themselves – bus riders, cyclists etc – need to be not just thought of but involved in the planning and implementation process. more


La Fabrique Mobilités: Open Source and Mobility Made in France

Gabriel Plassat, founder of FabMob, is part of our exciting first expert round on Open Source Mobility. With the FabMob initiative he is working to create a number of open platforms, engaging partners in a growing network – he would say ecosystem – of mobility. We are thrilled to have him at the Open Source Lab to share his experiences. more


Roundtable & Get Together – Open Source Shared Mobility

On November 27, 2018 our first Roundtable with a great group of experts and a welcoming Get Together in light of the question „What emerges in the overlap of ‘shared mobility’ and an ‘open source’ approach?“ took place at the Open Source Lab in Berlin. With diverse perspectives on mobility, we were discussing future concepts at the intersection between shared mobility notions and open source more

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TIER is Here: E-Scooter Sharing for Berlin

While German politicians are still discussing whether they want to allow the small electric scooters at all, the Berlin-based start-up TIER Mobility wants to establish this new form of micro-mobility anyhow. Following pioneering US companies like Bird, they are eager to bring the shareable e-scooter to European sidewalks. more


10 Years of E-Mobility in Germany: Nowhere Near Open Source

Electric cars, for many, will bring about the fundamental turn in mobility. The opening conference of our dear lab neighbours MENNEKES, a leading producer and developer of charging infrastructure (plugs and charge columns), revealed the status quo of e-mobility in Germany and of our self-understanding as a car nation. more


How Heavy Is a Bit? When Digitalization Meets Sustainability

This exciting meet-up of activists and experts in the fields of digitalization and environmental sustainability in Berlin attracted almost 1.500 people. We were also there and enjoyed the discussion on how digitalization can contribute to the sustainable transformation of society and the economy. more

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A Common Good to Fight for: Open Government Data

Just now, in this very moment, numerous data sets are collected and generated by government agencies around the world to complete various tasks in daily operations. These data sets involve almost all aspects of daily life, and government agencies are currently, believe it or not, the largest data holder. Doesn't feel like it? There is a way to get an overview of how open your government is... more


Open Principles: Like a Tutorial for City Officials

While thinking that there are already great ideas and businesses around to bring forward new modes of mobility, it is a question of policy whether or not shared mobility will be a major part of how we get around. Browsing through international policies in the mobility domain, I came across the open source principles for shared mobility: these principles denote a high-level policy example more


All Things Open: The Coming Disruptions

All Things Open is more than an IT conference. With this year's theme, it wants to acknowledge and foster an inclusive and holistic view of open source developments by opening up the discussion to a growing community in developing countries and to local small businesses. I had a look on their website to reveal more about their approach. more


Workshop Review: I’ll take the Monster Truck

How to prototype Open Source Mobility? A group of industrial design students from the University of the Arts Berlin conducted experiments about micro mobility in public space in a weeklong design methods seminar and offers interesting insights to the practicality of mobility modes. The aim of the course was to use and adapt design research methods for the […] more