The Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland (OKF DE) the German Chapter of the international Open Knowledge Foundation Network (OKFN). It is an independent non-for-profit organisation founded in 2011 and dedicated to promoting open data and open content in all their forms – including public information, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content. It is an international leader in its field and has extensive experience in building tools and community around open material. OKF DE is a Think-and-Do Tank that combines legal expertise and technical know-how to advise government authorities and other organisations publish open data and to help potential re-users to engage with open data to create innovative new products and services. OKF DE works on technologies that enable greater transparency in public life and new spaces for citizen engagement.
Role in the project: Arne Semsrott is interim lead of DIGIWHIST at the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland.
Biography: Arne Semsrott is an expert in the domain of Freedom of Information (FOI). With a background in political science, he engages with other NGOs in topics related to transparency and lobbyism, e.g. for Transparency International and the Whistleblower Network.
Role in the project: Daniel Dietrich provides DIGIWHIST with his expert knowledge on open data.
Biography: Daniel Dietrich is a digital rights and freedom of speech enthusiast and an open data evangelist. He is a researcher, activist, author and curator at the intersection of media, technology and society. He works as an independent researcher and consultant on open government, open data, transparency and citizen engagement and is the chairman of the board at the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland. He is interested in empowering people through open knowledge and use technology to help make the world a little bit better.
Role in the project: Mara Mendes leads the work on DIGIWHIST for the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland.
Biography: Prior to this she worked with Transparency International (TI) Secretariat rolling out TI's campaigns and advising TI's chapters on their campaigning and advocacy strategies. In addition Mara has gained professional experience while working for smaller NGOs, universities and the European Commission. Mara holds an MSc in Media Communication and Development from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Siegen, Germany. She has focussed her academic research on participatory approaches and the use of ICT for sustainable development.