Open Knowledge

Legislation / 2013 90% open


What data is expected?

This data category requires all national laws and statutes available to be available online, although it is not a requirement that information on legislative behaviour e.g. voting records is available. To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • Content of the law / status
  • If applicable, all relevant amendments to the law
  • Date of last amendments
  • Data should be updated at least on quarterly

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? Yes (No URL given)
  •   Is the data available for free? Yes
  •   Is the data machine readable? Yes (HTML, PDF, XML, EPUB)
  •   Available in bulk? Yes
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Unsure
  •   Publicly available? Yes
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes


Laws are not subject to copyright as per §5 UrhG (German copyright act). According to the homepage of and to, the data can be used free of charge. "Die bereitgestellten Rechtsnormen sind in allen zur Verfügung gestellten Formaten zur freien Nutzung und Weiterverwendung zugänglich gemacht". The table of contents of is available in bulk from as one XML-file. Not all laws are provided timely, see



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