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.
Creative Bureaucracy Festival meets Science: Interview Franziska Heine
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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.
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