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As part of the “Open Government Data Switzerland” project, the Swiss Federal Archives and their project partners are operating a central pilot portal providing access to open data from the Swiss authorities (“open government data” or OGD). The pilot portal was launched on 16 September 2013 and is expected to remain online until the end of 2014. The project is an opportunity for the authorities involved to gain initial experience with OGD which can form the basis for the definitive introduction of OGD in Switzerland.
The opendata.admin.ch pilot portal is operated as part of the OGD Switzerland project and aims to demonstrate, with minimum effort, the feasibility of central, user-friendly access to open (freely accessible) data. It enables users to find data of varying origin and on different topics via a single portal for the first time. The project will allow both users and the authorities involved to gain experience of OGD. Over the medium term, the project partners hope that free availability of OGD will increase the use of public data and thereby contribute to economic growth, greater political transparency and improved efficiency in the public administration.
The authorities involved in the project are supplying some of their already accessible data for use in the opendata.admin.ch pilot portal. These include a wide variety of data records, such as Swiss municipal boundaries, population statistics, up-to-date camera images of weather in Switzerland, historical documents and a directory of Swiss literature. All interested parties can freely use and recombine the data. Projects in Switzerland such as the "Hackdays" organised by the Opendata.ch association have shown that added value can be rapidly generated using a small number of data records. Some applications developed using open government data can already be found on the website http:/make.opendata.ch/ and on the pilot portal itself.
The pilot portal has been available to the public since 16 September 2013. The test operation period is scheduled to last until the end of 2014, and during that time initial user feedback on the pilot portal will be gathered. This will then feed into the OGD Switzerland project, which is being overseen by the Federal IT Steering Unit and the eGovernment Switzerland programme office and is currently looking into unresolved questions related to implementation of the OGD strategy for Switzerland, covering areas such as the legal basis, data protection and standardisation. From 2015, once the conceptual work is complete, the Federal Archives will assume responsibility for implementation of the strategy and the pilot portal will be replaced by a definitive portal solution.
The project team will be happy to answer questions on the opendata.admin.ch pilot portal and the OGD Switzerland project. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The latest news and events related to the pilot portal can be found under News.
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