Open Knowledge

National Statistics 100% open


What data is expected?

Key national statistics such as demographic and economic indicators (GDP, unemployment, population, etc). To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • GDP for the whole country updated at least quarterly
  • Unemployment statistics updated at least monthly
  • Population updated at least once a year

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? Yes(Here)
  •   Is the data available for free? Yes
  •   Is the data machine readable? Yes (XLS, CSV, HTML, PDF)
  •   Available in bulk? Yes
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Yes
  •   Publicly available? Yes(as GDP, Unemployment, Population. published by Statistisches Bundesamt)
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes


The national statistics office publishes statistics at and statistical data at is available in XLS and other formats, however the quality of the machine readable data is abysmal.

The general Copyright statement is essentially saying that you can reuse the data provided attribution is given, but you are not allowed to change or manipulate the information: "© Statistisches Bundesamt, Wiesbaden 2013. Sie können Informationen speichern, (auch auszugsweise) mit Quellenangabe weitergeben, vervielfältigen und verbreiten sowie Links zur Homepage des Statistischen Bundesamtes legen. Die Informationen dürfen im Übrigen nicht verändert oder verfälscht werden." which would make it not openly licensed. At the same data is available under the German "Datenlizenz Deutschland" which has been reviewed and considered not compliant with the Open Definition in Version 1.0. However, this non-compliance was due to the fact that there is the option to apply the Datenlizenz Deutschland with an NC component. However, non of the data sets on published by the National Statistics Agency carry the NC component. Thereby the data is openly licensed. Furthermore the Datenlizenz 2.0 has been approved by the Open Definition Advisory Council recently and it can be assumed that it will replace the 1,0 version shortly to erase and ambiguities about openness.

Reviewer comments

Data are available, regular, and open.



  • Zach Christensen


  • walter palmetshofer