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Open Government Data Switzerland

Administrations gather and collate data of all kinds, including statistical, geographic, environmental and weather data, which can be processed and put to new use by third parties. The eGovernment project «OGD Switzerland» aims to promote their publication as open government data (OGD) that can be freely reused. The OGD Strategy for Switzerland sets out the focus of this work.

The Open Government Data Strategy for Switzerland

The Federal Council approved the OGD Strategy for Switzerland on 16 April 2014. It was developed under the auspices of the Federal IT Steering Unit, defines the OGD activities up until 2018, and is binding on the Confederation. Implementation is being coordinated by the Federal Archives.

The OGD Strategy has three aims:

  1. Release of official data: The Confederation will make data which is suitable for OGD available to the public in machine-readable and open formats to be freely reused. The individual administrative units must review and, where necessary, adapt the legal, organisational, financial and technical framework of data production to make this possible.
  2. Coordinated publication and provision of official data: With the help of a central infrastructure (OGD portal), the Confederation will make its data sets easily locatable for the public and will make the data available for free use.
  3. Establishing an open-data culture: The Confederation will support the use of data through free, uniform and understandable terms of use and through additional information on the individual data sets. It will also pursue a continuous dialogue with the public.
Open Government Data Strategy for Switzerland 2014 – 2018
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Project OGD Switzerland

The Federal Archives have been taking the lead on this project since the start of 2015. They are currently working with their project partners to draw up the necessary conceptual basis, including comprehensible legal terms for the reuse of data and standards for the future data catalogue on the OGD portal.

OGD-Portal opendata.swiss

On 2 February 2016, Switzerland's OGD portal opendata.swiss went live. It replaces the pilot portal opendata.admin.ch. The Confederation, cantons, communes and other organisations are offering their freely available data centrally on the platform, which is operated by the Federal Archives.

Project results

The Open Government Data Strategy for Switzerland 2014 – 2018 lists 13 measures for its implementation. The OGD Switzerland project work is geared to these measures. The project's key results are available for download below.

These are working documents produced as part of the ongoing project activities. It is possible that the assumptions made therein will change as the project progresses. The documents are for now only available in German.

M1_Entscheidgrundlagen_Rechtsgrundlagen
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M1_Konzept_rechtliche_Rahmenbedingungen
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M4 Setting up an inventory of the Confederation's data sets

M5 Examination of the fee-charging policy

M5 Für die Gebührenproblematik relevante offene Frage
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M7 Provision of tools and instruments

M7 Arbeitshilfe für Behörden für die Publikation von Daten als OGD
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M8 Selection and definition of the OGD standards

M8 Arbeitsvorgehen
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M8 DCAT: Application Profile
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M8 DCAT: Application Profile
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M8 Dataset
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M8 Distribution
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M9 Drawing up uniform terms of use

M9 Entscheidgrundlage Nutzungsbedingungen OGD Portal
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M9 Rechtliche Grundlagen Disclaimer
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M9 Textbausteine für Standardformulierungen
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Studies

Massnahmen für den Aufbau einer Open Data-Kultur
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Open Government Data – Grundlagenstudie Schweiz (in German)
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Wirtschaftliche Auswirkungen von Open Government Data (in German)
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Organisation responsible

Swiss Federal Archives

Contact: opendata(at)bar.admin.ch

Website Swiss Federal Archives

Project partners

Federal Office of Public Health
Federal Office of Topography swisstopo
Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss
Swiss Federal Statistical Office
Federal Chancellery
eGovernment Switzerland
Federal IT Steering Unit
Canton of Zurich
Canton of Geneva
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
Union of Swiss Cities