Open government data (OGD) are official data that are made available to the public free of charge and in machine-readable form. They include a vast array of data sets such as Swiss municipal boundaries, population statistics, current weather data, historical documents and a directory of Swiss literature. Users can process this data to reveal new interrelationships, for example by means of visual representations.
OGD Strategy 2014-2018
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 (Programme Office egovernment Switzerland), defines the OGD activities up until 2018, and is binding on the Confederation.
Implementation is being coordinated by the Federal Archives. On the basis of the OGD Strategy, the Confederation aims to work together with the cantons, municipalities and other public-sector organisations.