The Stuttgart Declaration to promote digital innovation

Digitalization changes business, politics and society. This entails - as always - opportunities and risks.
That openness and transparency belong to a digital future is assumed.
The 'how' is what concerns us:

  1. Works created with public funds must be actively made available and freely usable.
  2. Openness drives innovation: Open standards and interoperability - whether in open interfaces, open hardware or open software - distributed development should be encouraged.
  3. Data is the raw material of the digital future. An open Data infrastructure offers great innovation potential for the state, business, science and society.
  4. Digital Security and Sustainability need accountability and openness. Only open IT systems are trustworthy.
  5. The business development around Open Data is insufficient. To develop the economic, social, political and cultural potential of Open Data it is necessary to work together.
  6. Open Educational Resources (OER) facilitate access to education and promote innovative developments in education.
  7. Society is experiencing a digital upheaval. We have to provide answers about how we want to work in an open and transparent digital world, how decisions should be made, how we want to learn and to live.


In this sense, the Stuttgart Declaration aims to provide an impulse for social and economic change through digitalization. With the opening up of data, information, knowledge and resources, the economy and society should become more successful and innovative.
Together we, the signatories, want to encourage a culture of openness and raise awareness of the need for a cultural change. We know that such a paradigm shift will significantly advance the society. A society of openness is a society with a future.

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