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Organisation

OKF DE is an independent not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin, Germany in 2011 under VR 30468 B. OKF DE is a pioneering and award-winning Civil Society Organisation engaging in different aspects of the digital age.

Our work is independent, non-partisan, interdisciplinary and non-commercial. On our project page you can find out more about our projects.

The Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland (OKF DE) is the German branch of the international Open Knowledge Foundation Network (OKFN), a world-wide network of internationally active members that campaign for the advancement of open knowledge and open data. Only together with our friends and our supporters can we reach our goals.

In order to meet our own standards in terms of transparency, we have signed the Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (ITZ) of Transparency International Deutschland e.V..

Below you can find all information regarding Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V. in accordance with this agreement.

Goals

The Open Knowledge Foundation Germany considers itself an active part of German and European civil society. We promote and support civil rights as they are formulated in the German constitution and the European Convention of Human Rights. We campaign in particular for the protection of these rights online.

Open knowledge helps citizens to obtain information and enables informed opinion-making. It generates societal and economic value and is, in our view, indispensable for a functioning democracy. We are striving to make open knowledge an integral component of the modern world, online as well as offline. Open knowledge delivers far-reaching societal change. This includes:

Better government: Openness improves governance through increased transparency, efficiency, and participation. We support international efforts such as the Open Government Partnership to engage in this domain.

Better access to culture: Openness in the cultural domain means granting citizens access to cultural information and giving them the opportunity to actively engage with it. We support international efforts such as the Open Glam Initiative (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) in this area.

Better research and science: In order to make research more efficient and to ensure its relevance for society, research results and activities need to be open and transparent. We acknowledge the Budapest Open Access Initiative and the Berlin Declaration and aim to further the Internet’s role as a fundamental, global instrument for scientific discovery.

Better economy: Openness allows for a simplified and accelerated reutilization of open material, data, and content as the basis for the development of innovation, tools, and services.

Here we explain in detail how this translates into the focus for our work.

Based on our conviction, we pursue the following goals:

  • Advancement of unlimited access to knowledge in all branches of societies (politics, culture, economics, science)
  • Dissemination of open knowledge and open data as standards
  • Advocacy against restriction of knowledge, e.g. legislative

To reach these goals:

  • we provide technical tools that inform citizens about the potential and chances of open data and empower citizens to become active
  • we organize educational events and projects and author publications in the domain of science, research, and public relations
  • we offer trainings on open data and related technical tools
  • we organize groups that discuss sustainable strategies and applications for the usage and advancement of open knowledge
  • we build our community and connect relevant individuals with one another

Name, headquarters, founding year

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.

Register of Association: Singerstr. 109 D-10179 Berlin Register of Association Number: VR 30468 B Tax ID: 27/674/52428 VAT: DE278022128

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V. was founded in 2011.

Important documents

  • Club rules: here
  • Memorandum of Understanding with OKF Central: here
  • Mission Statement: here
  • Protocol of the founding assembly: here

Recognition as a charitable foundation

Here is our recognition as a charitable foundation in German:

„Unsere Arbeit ist wegen Förderung der Wissenschaft und Forschung sowie Förderung der Volks- und Berufsbildung sowie der Studentenhilfe nach dem letzten uns zugegangenen Freistellungsbescheid des Finanzamts für Körperschaften I, Berlin (Steuernummer 27/674/52428) vom 27.12.2012 nach § 5 Abs. 1 Nr. 9 des Körperschaftsteuergesetzes von der Körperschaftssteuer und nach § 3 Nr. 6 des Gewerbesteuergesetzes von der Gewerbesteuer befreit.

Ein aktueller Auszug aus dem Vereinsregister von 2014 ist hier einsehbar.“

Annual activity reports (German)

We have published our first annual activity report in 2011. On our blog and in our newsletter, we report on our activities on a monthly basis. Here are our annual activity reports:

Find more information on our projects here.

Funding

In 2015 OKF DE has raised 817.283,02 € from membership payments and benefits (Ideeller Bereich) plus an additional 0,12 € from asset management. Moreover, there have been 161.989,69 € from turnover proceeds (business operations). Total revenue was 979.272,83 €. Total expenditure was 888.650,90 €. The surplus for 2015 was 90.621,93 €.

In 2014 OKF DE has raised 347.344,07 € from membership payments and benefits (Ideeller Bereich). Moreover, there have been 60.525,01 € from turnover proceeds (business operations). Total revenue was 414.919,08 €. Total expenditure was 471.990,54 €. The surplus for 2014 was -57.071,46 €.

In 2013 OKF DE has raised 254.897 € from membership payments and benefits (Ideeller Bereich). Moreover, there have been 58.986 € from turnover proceeds (business operations). Total revenue was 313.883 €. Total expenditure was 302.156 €. The surplus for 2013 was 11.727 €.

In 2012 OKF DE has raised 98.147 € from membership payments and benefits (Ideeller Bereich). Moreover, there have been 58.986 € from turnover proceeds (business operations). Total revenue was 132.539 €. Total expenditure was 105.844 €. The surplus for 2012 was 26.695 €.

In 2011 OKF DE has raised 50.155 € from membership payments and benefits (Ideeller Bereich). Moreover, there have been 22.111 € from turnover proceeds (business operations). Total revenue was 72.266 €. Total expenditure was 54.278 €. The surplus for 2011 was 17.988 €.

Expenditure

The majority of the financial benefits and proceeds is earmarked to the execution of projects and the organisation of events. Apart from these types of funds, we make efforts to keep fixed costs low. These currently consist of rent and operating costs, as well as costs for running our servers.

Application of funds

The biggest item in the application of funds were expenditures for the organisation and execution of projects and events as well as the payment of wages and remunerations. OKF DE currently employs an equivalent of roughly 18,5 full time staff.

Ideological ties

There is a memorandum of understanding with OKFN international from Great Britain.

Major donors

Die Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V. currently has no major donors. We appreciate if individuals or organisations are interested in supporting our work as a major donor or supporting members.

In 2013, significant funds have been awarded by the European Commission, the Open Society Institute, Google, Microsoft, SAP, as well as OKFN international.

In 2012, significant funds have been awarded by the European Commission, the Open Society Institute as well as OKFN international.

In 2011, significant funds have been awarded by Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, Google Germany, Heinrich-Böll Stiftung, and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau.