Open Data is on everyone’s lips, but not yet lived out everywhere in the everyday life of science. However, the subsequent use of collected data has advantages for everyone: both science benefits when data sets and experiments can be reviewed and further developed by other researchers, and society as a whole when innovations arise from existing data. To make these data treasures available and to enable subsequent use, scientists must actively disclose their data.
We promote Open Science and Open Data in science and society through a prize that gives Open Data more visibility. Through the prize money and attention, we create incentives both for scientists to make their data available for open use and for downstream users to further develop this data in innovative ways. In this way, we identify innovation potentials that enable added value for society from Open Data and make these approaches attractive for everyone.
In the current academic system, scientists often lack incentives, infrastructure and resources to make their data accessible in such a way that a scientific and non-scientific reuse is possible or facilitated. This is where the Open Data Impact Award comes in. We honor researchers who make their data openly available for reuse, thereby unlocking the innovative potential of their research.
The target groups are researchers or research teams, institutions, start-ups, civil society projects, individuals, cultural workers.
With a total prize money of €30,000, prizes will be awarded both for the provision of research data with potential for innovative re-use and for the innovative re-use of research data in business, culture, civil society and journalism.
The 2021 award winners
The first prize of 15,000 euros goes to the project “CoronaNet Government Response Event Dataset” led by Tim Büthe with Cindy Cheng and Luca Messerschmidt, School of Politics at the Technical University of Munich. The research project systematically documents actions taken by governments around the world in response to COVID-19 to help academic and applied researchers, journalists, and policymakers better understand the causes and consequences of these policy responses.
The second prize of 10,000 euros goes to Clara Betancourt and Sabine Schröder from Forschungszentrum Jülich for the project “TOAR App, Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report database“. The database is one of the largest collections of global near-surface ozone measurements. To further promote the after-use of this data, they are developing a smartphone app that will allow farmers to quantify ozone-related damage to their crops.
The third prize of 5,000 euros goes to Marco Körner and Maja Schneider from the Technical University of Munich for the project “EuroCrops: A Pan-European Dataset for Time Series Crop Type Classification.” In addition to agricultural subsidy control, models for estimating yields can be trained on the basis of the data. It will be possible to detect plant diseases at an early stage and to predict their effects on subsequent growth phases. In this way, UN sustainability goals such as food and supply security can be better achieved.
“In the digital age, data is a fundamental key to the future of Germany as a country of innovation. Linking data from different sources enables new kinds of insights and innovations in science and research. It is the basis for new technologies, value chains and business models. For a successful digital future, we must make the best possible use of this potential.”