The Data Pump is a Wikimedia Deutschland project that was developed to make large volumes of free data available and to exemplify the concept of free knowledge. The Data Pump is our answer to the assertion that information is the crude oil of the 21st century. Instead of providing a dwindling finite resource, Wikimedia Deutschland’s Data Pump provides an infinite resource that builds knowledge – information.
The Data Pump contains freely licensed data packages available for programming or hacking. The Data Pump also contains music files, images, e-books and informational material on the topic of free knowledge, which you can use, modify and redistribute under certain conditions. The conditions for use of the data are available with the informational material available at the data pump. In this spirit – please #refuel!
What data can I refuel?
Geodata| Music| Street maps| Images| Library data| Cultural data| Admnistrative data| Census data from the Open Knowledge Foundation| E-books ... and more
You can find an extensive list here (the list is being constantly updated).
How does the data pump work?
First, get an overview of the data available by clicking through the menu. This way, you can check whether there is any content that you would like to have. To download data you have to connect your device with the Data Pump. Please note that the way the data is saved depends on your device. You can connect with the Data Pump in various ways.
W-LAN: The Data Station has its own wireless local area network, which you can simply connect to your laptop, tablet or smartphone. You can access the Data Pump from your device, browse through data, and select what you want to download.
USB: If you have a USB stick, you can connect it to the USB panel on the right-hand side of the gas pump. This is a particularly good option for smaller volumes of data, such as street maps or music files.
LAN cable: The cable hangs from the nozzle. Simply connect the LAN cable to your device, open your browser, and type in the following: http://tanke. You may have to alter your network settings in order to enable/authorize the connection. It is a good idea to use the LAN cable connection if you want to download large data sets.
Where can I find the data pump?
The Data Pump is to be found in the offices of Wikimedia Deutschland at Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 in 10963 Berlin, Germany. You are welcome to drop by at any time and download all the data you want. You can also visit again later as the data on offer will be constantly updated and expanded. Come by and see us!
Attention: From August 8-10, 2014 the Data Pump will be at Wikimania at the booth of Wikimedia Deutschland, ready to refuel. Come by!
Can I contribute data or ideas?
You are welcome to send proposals for new data to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then get back to you and consider your proposal. Please note that any data and data sets you propose must be under free license or in the public domain. You can find more information about that in, for example, the Open Definition of the Open Knowledge Foundation.