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The New Hanse

Data sharing for the public interest

Our final report is out now. Read it here!

Blueprint: Governing Urban Data for the Public Interest

We are excited to announce the release of our final project report, titled "Governing Urban Data for the Public Interest." This report represents the culmination of our efforts and offers actionable guidelines for European cities seeking to harness the power of data for the public good.

Download the blueprint here


How can cities share and govern data to become more democratic and sustainable?

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and THE NEW INSTITUTE made available exclusive and public mobility data as part of a competition of ideas and were looking for innovative concepts for gaining knowledge about cycling and micromobility flows in our city. The most convincing concept has win €40,000 for its implementation into an IT prototype - based on the provided data sets and in cooperation with the Hamburg Authority for Transport and Mobility Transition!

Congratulations again to the University of Bremen for winning the challenge!

The New Hanse

In collaboration with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, THE NEW INSTITUTE explores the potential of data sharing and data democracy in their programme The New Hanse: Pilot projects address real world challenges, starting from mobility and its net-zero goals to developing blueprints for other European cities for the governance of data and the digital transition for the public interest.

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THE NEW INSTITUTE team will lead and coordinate The New Hanse on the ground in collaboration with the City of Hamburg (Senate Chancellery, Authority for Transport and Mobility Transition and the Urban Data Platform Hamburg) and external partners, at city, national, European and global level.

  • Francesca Bria

    Data Commons Working Group Chair
    Italian Innovation Fund & THE NEW INSTITUTE

  • Ariane Haase

    Project Lead – The New Hanse

  • Sebastian Hofer

    Innovation Manager – The New Hanse

  • Lion Rackow

    Project Coordinator – The New Hanse

  • Wiebke Hallerberg

    Project Coordinator – The New Hanse

  • Oleguer Sagarra

    Strategic advisor to THE NEW INSTITUTE

  • Ana Paola López

    Innovation and Challenge Expert Advisor to THE NEW INSTITUTE

  • Jan Pörksen

    State Secretary and Head of the Senate Chancellery

  • Christian Pfromm

    Chief Digital Officer (CDO)


The Data Commons Working Group is a high-level advisory body to the City of Hamburg regarding the legal, policy, and technical issues raised in the context of the Urban Data Challenge Hamburg.

  • Aline Blankertz

    Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.

  • Maximilian von Grafenstein

    UdK Berlin Career College, Einstein Center Digital Future

  • Boris Otto

    Fraunhofer ISST

  • Fernando Fernández-Monge

    Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

  • Rainer Kattel

    UCL London

  • Malcolm Bain

    Across Legal (formerly ID Law Partners)

  • Renata Avila

    Open Knowledge Foundation

  • Marco Ciurcina

    NEXA Center for Internet and Society

  • Moritz Hennemann

    University of Freiburg

  • Paul Keller

    Open Future

  • Raffaele Laudani

    Comune di Bologna

  • Henriette Litta 

    Open Knowledge Foundation Germany

  • Marina Micheli

    European Commission

  • Geoff Mulgan

    UCL London

  • Paul Nemitz

    European Commission

  • Dominik Piétron 

    Humboldt University Berlin

  • Maria Savona 

    Luiss University

  • Linnet Taylor 

    Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society

  • Stefaan Verhulst 


  • Adrian Fiedler

    Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg



THE NEW INSTITUTE is an experimental initiative aimed at developing social imaginaries for future societies. We combine academic rigour with innovative practice to inspire, promote and implement societal change. We try to close the gap between insight and action by bringing together academics from different disciplines with politicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, and artists.

We live and collaboratively work together in the Warburg Ensemble, which provides the conditions for rethinking conventional approaches to work. We host up to 35 fellows and build unlikely alliances.

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