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Linked Data Service – LINDAS

The LINDAS Linked Data Service permits structured data on the administrative units and govern-ment services of the Confederation, cantons and communes from various sources to be integrated and networked using a cross-organisational approach.

Short film about LINDAS

This short film explains how LINDAS works.

Basis

LINDAS is geared to the framework concept of the «Networked Administration Switzerland» in accordance with the eCH-0126 standard. The framework concept describes how the modernisation objectives of the eGovernment Strategy Switzerland can be achieved through the cross-organisational networking of services and processes. As one of the core requirements, the «integration of information across administrations» is essential.

The LINDAS Linked Data Service allows heterogeneously structured and distributed lists of authorities and services as well as other decentralised data sets to be linked up, accumulated and published.

LINDAS has been in pilot operation since March 2015. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) will further expand LINDAS in the 2016 – 2019 legislative period. The goal is to terminate pilot operation and to operate the platform in the context of the Open Government Data Strategy for Switzerland 2014 – 2018 as a basic e-government service.

Implementation

The straightforward preparation and linking of data as linked data, and its accumulation and publication as linked open data that is accessible to all means that the usage potential of these data sets is multiplied and the effort required for applications operating across data sets is reduced. In addition, linked data ensures data is available on a long-term basis due to the globally unique identifiers.

Application scenarios which are currently being implemented or which are being clarified are:

  • Official data/Federal Directory and list of prices and services (Canton of Graubünden, Federal Chancellery, providers of government solutions)
  • eMoving (eGovernment Switzerland, canton of Zurich, providers of government solutions)
  • Stops and additional information (SBB)
  • Geo-referenced addresses (swisstopo)
  • Commercial register (Federal Office of Justice)
  • Historical federal budgets and legislation, Stapfer Enquête (examination of the school system, federal archives)
  • Historicised Official Commune Register (Federal Statistical Office)
  • One-stop shop for companies (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO)
  • Optimal place of residence and place of work (BLS)
  • Animal diseases (Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office)
  • Environmental data (Federal Office for the Environment)

Documentation

LINDAS Technological Concepts and Lessons Learned
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LINDAS User Guide
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Organisation responsible

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

Directorate for Promotion Activities, SME Policy Section

Holzikofenweg 36, CH-3003 Bern

Contact:

Dieter Wälti, dieter.waelti(at)seco.admin.ch, +41 58 462 29 52
Nadia Zürcher, nadia.zuercher(at)seco.admin.ch, +41 58 462 29 19