The amount of data being created by public institutions, such as administrations and governments, is enormous. How can this data be captured, retained, and used for advancing the public good? Franziska Heine, Executive at Wikimedia Deutschland, believes there is a huge potential for partnerships between external institutions and governments to share expertise and best practices to best solve these problems. What needs to happen to make these partnerships thrive? Franziska addresses how openness, having deeper conversations, and better incentives could lead to a brighter future – a future where all of society benefits from responsible, equitable, and fruitful data and knowledge sharing between science, government, and civil society.
Franziska Heine is the Executive Director of Wikimedia Deutschland, the organization that builds and maintains the software powering the Wikipedias of the world and Wikidata the Linked Open Data knowledge base. She was born in Schwerin, and before joining the non-profit as Head of the Software division in 2017 she learned what it takes to create successful software products by working for eBay and developing digital products for Nokia, Microsoft and HERE Technologies. Her involvement in the successful opposition of the regulation to censor online content in 2009 by the German Government taught her a lot about the power of volunteer communities and activists which influences how she looks at technology till this day.
Dr. Julia Stamm is the founder of The Futures Project (TFP), an international non-profit initiative to ensure that innovation and technology serve the needs of people and planet.
In November 2021, Julia received the Digital Female Leader Award, category Global Hero, for her work. Julia has long-standing leadership and management experience in national and international academic institutions and international organisations, such as European Cooperation in Science and Technology and the European Commission. She regularly advises national and international organisations and institutions on issues around science, policy & innovation.