The Open Government Data Office, affiliated to the Federal Statistical Office, is coordinating the implementation of Switzerland's OGD strategy for 2019–2023 in close cooperation with the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA). The strategy aims to make a collection of open government data freely available to the public on the opendata.swiss portal.
The "Switzerland's open government data strategy for 2019 to 2023" was adopted by the Federal Council on 30 November 2018. Publishing open government data enhances transparency, participation and innovation in all areas of society. In order to apply this principle in a sustainable and secure manner, the federal offices are gradually making their data available in open, free and computer-readable formats ("open government data") at opendata.swiss. Other existing data will gradually be made available to the public (e.g. data from the cantons, communes, cities or parastatal companies). It should be noted that this principle does not apply where there is an overriding legitimate interest, e.g. data protection reasons.
The strategy has five aims:
opendata.swiss is the Swiss public administration's central portal for open government data, i.e. data that is freely accessible. It contains data from all areas of the administration, e.g. health insurance premiums, demographic statistics, current weather data and public transport data.
The organisation responsible (Federal Statistical Office) implements specific measures together with eGovernment Switzerland to promote cooperation with cantons and communes:
|Promotion of data-driven innovation initiatives at the cantonal and communal levels through the creation of a community.||31.12.2023|
|Project to strengthen the joint dissemination of statistical data by the Confederation and the cantons.||31.12.2023|
|Hosting solution for small institutional providers of open access data.||31.12.2023|