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The “Open Government Data at the Confederation” project, or OGD@Confederation for short, is a joint undertaking by the Swiss Federal Archives and their project partners to create 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 will remain online for at least half a year. The aim is for the authorities involved to gain initial experience with OGD which can form the basis for the possible continuation and further development of the pilot portal.
The project 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. In addition to the Federal Archives, the project partners are the Federal Statistical Office, swisstopo, MeteoSwiss, the National Library and the Canton of Zurich. They are assisted by the Federal Chancellery and the Federal IT Steering Unit FITSU. 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 pilot portal opendata.admin.ch. 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records, such as Swiss municipal boundaries, population statistics, up-to-date camera images of weather in Switzerland, historical documents and a directory of Swiss literature.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/.
The pilot portal has been available to the public since 16 September 2013. There will be a test operation period of around six months during which initial user feedback on the OGD portal will be gathered. On 13 September 2013, the Federal Council commissioned the Federal IT Steering Unit to draw up an OGD strategy by mid-2014, working with the Swiss Federal Archives and the Federal Chancellery. This will define the next steps in the implementation of OGD in Switzerland and resolve the legal and financial questions relating to OGD. As part of these efforts, it is intended that the opendata.admin.ch pilot portal will remain in operation and be expanded.
The OGD@Confederation project team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Write to us at email@example.com. The latest news and events related to the pilot portal can be found under News.
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