Who the website of the “Federal Office for Open Data” under the URL bund.dev visited, believes it is on a public sector website: with its huge agency photos, it is as contemplative as a ministry website. Documentation of six programming interfaces are linked on the home page, such as the “Jobsuche API” of the Federal Employment Agency and the “Deutscher Wetterdienst: API”, which can be used to call up current weather data from all German weather stations.
With the information and a little programming know-how, anyone can access the data from government sources and use them in their applications. The federal agency provides its own Python package for access to the most important APIs. An API proxy integrated on the website even enables visitors to try out almost all of the documented programming interfaces directly in the browser.
At the bottom, the homepage presents a 5-point plan “Immediate Measures Second Open Data Act”. It describes how the federal government’s open government implementation strategy could be implemented. Everyone was able to participate in the formulation of the 5-point plan via GitHub until the end of August.
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