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  • Image by Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.
  • Image by Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.
  • Image by Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.

We are very happy to have an Open Data expert of the Open Knowledge Foundation here with us for our discussion on Open Source Mobility. OK Labs are local gatherings of interested citizens, programmers and designers working together on software and data projects to improve our cities and neighborhoods.

Introducing OK Labs

Every week 24 teams all over Germany meet for their civic tech projects for Code for Germany – a program initiated by the Open Knowledge Foundation in partnership with Code For America. These local teams work together on useful applications and visualizations around open data and digital tools for citizens. The Open Knowledge Foundation calls these groups labs and supports them in developing apps and informing society about the value of open data, so as to make local government more transparent. You can find out more about the projects they have already pulled off under the headline of “urban stories”.

The OK Lab Potsdam is one of these local teams, working to accompany the evolution around open data in Brandenburg politically and with software projects. Joining the Lab is easy: just drop by every second Tuesday at the machBar close to Potsdam’s main train station. This team also organizes the annual open data bar camp in Potsdam. We are really looking forward to finding out more about current projects and prior experiences at our expert roundtable.

If you have a moment you should stop by MS Wissenschaft, an Open Knowledge summary website about Open Data in public transport (in German only), I bet you’ll spend more than 5 seconds there…