Open transport data in Germany? Not if you're not Google
Deutsche Bahn, the German railway company, is entirely owned by the state. So you may think it reasonable that its timetable data should be freely available, in line with the open data trend that's growing so quickly in Europe.
Think again. Not long ago, an enterprising group of open data enthusiasts calling themselves openPlanB (cheeky tagline: 'innovation without permission') got their hands on a CD-ROM containing station coordinates, bus and train schedules and so on.