New side project: Good deeds for good data

Gute Taten für gute Daten, which means “good deeds for good data”, is a new side project of mine that I run with a few others under the umbrella of Open Knowledge Austria.

The objective of the project is to free important datasets about the Austrian federal state that matter to the general public. We do that because progress in open government data in Austria has been slow in the past years compared to other countries. Especially ministries and other institutions of the federal state have been rather reluctant to publish their data in open, machine-readable formats. If you take a look at data.gv.at, the official Austrian open government data portal, you will only find a few datasets from these important institutions but many more from provinces and municipalities.

Luckily, we received a grant from the Internet Foundation Austria / netidee, that helps us to fullfill our project goals:

  • Identify and open datasets that matter to the public. Structure, clean and enrich them, discuss the datasets in blogposts and publish them through the Open Data Portal Österreich.
  • Improve the availability of Austrian government data through transparent lobbying.
  • Build communities, organize events and create applications that will help the project to thrive over a longer period.

Gute Taten für gute Daten has started this January and will go on until the end of the year. We document our project budget, our contacts with politicians and public servants as well as our outreach publicly on the web. Also, we provide best-practice-guides on how to open and publish datasets. I am happy to work on the project together some of the greatest open-data-minded people from Austria: Mathias Huter, Sonja Fischbauer, Andreas Förster and Stefan Kasberger.

Check out the project website: