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» aimed 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 Federal Council approved the OGD Strategy 2014–2018 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 had three aims:
The Federal Archives have been taking the lead on this project since the start of 2015. They are were 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.
On 2 February 2016, Switzerland's OGD portal opendata.swiss went live. It replaced 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.
The Open Government Data Strategy for Switzerland 2014–2018 lists 13 measures for its implementation. The OGD Switzerland project work was 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.
Swiss Federal Archives