Data for everyone
Access to freely available public and municipal databases is becoming increasingly important for interaction between government, business and citizens. Fraunhofer FOKUS in Berlin has developed an “Open Data” strategy to tackle organisational, legal and technical aspects. With Open Data, public sector institutions can become more transparent, better support local business, and work more efficiently.
The Berlin Open Data Portal was launched by Fraunhofer FOKUS and the Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research.
3D face recognition
The 3D Face project was launched in 2006 with the aim of determining the potential of three-dimensional biometric technology for border control. The project funded by the European Commission involved 16 partners – from industry, research institutions and government – working together to improve biometric recognition and develop tamper-resistant imaging technology. Since the project ended in 2009, Fraunhofer IGD has continued work on the approach.
Press information (in German) about the topic. Video
The Science 2.0 network
Researchers are increasingly using virtual research environments, digital research libraries and social networks to communicate and collaborate. The resulting changes in habits and methods of working are placing new demands on how information is passed on. The Leibniz research network Science 2.0 is studying these new work habits and new ways of using modern technology.
Short interview (in German) with Prof. Dr. Klaus Tochtermann, Director of the ZBW – German National Library of Economics — Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, about the content of the ZBW research to Science 2.0. Video
Solving global challenges
The High-Tech Strategy for Germany
The High-Tech Strategy is intended to help Germany assume a leading role in the solution of global challenges andto give convincing answers to the important questions of the 21th century. In this way, we are not only contributing to improving the lives of many people. A broad base in science and research and the development of quality technology are also helping us secure prosperity and qualified jobs in Germany. The Federal Government has therefore defined ten forward-looking projects, relying on the advice of the Industry-Science Research Alliance.