ISPRAT is a cooperation between science and practise, whose objective is to ease the communication between citizens and public administration by use of information technologies. In order to do so, information technologies is considered not only in its impact on society, economy and administration in technical-organisational, but also in political terms.
Freie Universität Berlin is a leading research institution. It is one of the German universities successful in all three funding lines in the federal and state Excellence Initiative, thereby receiving additional funding for its institutional future development strategy. The university’s performance in the Excellence Initiative provided funding for several new graduate schools and transdisciplinary research clusters. In particular, the graduate schools play a key role in the development of internationally competitive research centers of excellence. Freie Universität Berlin is a full university with 15 departments and central institutes offering over 150 degree programs across a wide range of subjects.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.5 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.
The Open Data Network is a network for promoting open government, open data, transparency and participation based in Germany. It sees itself as a nonpartisan consulting organization which supports the discussion about open data and transparency, and critically observes and comments the conversation between non-governmental organizations, policy and administration.
Berlin Partner GmbH is the state of Berlin’s corporation for economic development and location marketing. Its business promotion divisions assist investors who wish to start businesses here while helping Berlin companies expand, internationalize and secure their economic futures in Berlin. Berlin Partner markets the city’s strengths and potential, regionally, nationally and internationally, and uses the “be Berlin” campaign to promote the capital as a strong brand. As a public-private partnership, the corporation is supported by powerful partners – 236 companies and scientific institutes are currently part of the “Berlin-Partner Network.”
dpunkt was founded in 1995 and has grown into one of the leading German publishers in the IT-publishing market. dpunkt serves the professional computing and telecommunications community by providing information products and services, primarily through publications (print and digital) and training.