Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Open data – the order of the day!

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Column by Stefan Meierhans

Open data – the order of the day!

Almost everything in Switzerland is measured, recorded and spatially represented. If this data is required by law, it is referred to as basic geodata. These are mostly tax-financed, but 8 cantons opt out.

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Stefan Meierhans, Price Supervisor

Chance has fewer chances in the 21st century than ever before. This makes our lives easier to plan, less risky and, of course, more efficient. Basic geodata make an important contribution here: Where does a construction zone begin and where does it end? Where do the water pipes go through? What landscape features are there? No problem at all: the data is available digitally from the cantons and can be easily downloaded. This is free of charge in most cantons and is therefore in line with the Federal Council’s strategy, which wants all data from federal agencies to be published openly, freely and in machine-readable form by 2020.

Unfortunately, there are cantons – namely Lucerne, Vaud, Neuchâtel, Thurgau, Obwalden, Nidwalden, Jura and Appenzell Ausserrhoden – that still charge fees for this and the range is obviously large.

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