Opendata.ch 2018: a year in review

A collection of highlights from the past year, followed by a short summary.

Politics

@StatSchweiz pushes Opendata.swiss to 6000 datasets!

Renewed strategy 2021-2024

Data inventory
https://opendata.swiss/en/dataset/data-inventory-of-the-federal-administrationdata

Linked Data (LINDAS) project is launched

Reports from the BAR keynote at Opendata.ch/2017

OGD Basel hits their stride

Canton of St. Gallen intensifies OGD strategy

The City of Bern joins the OGD parade

While also (after a long battle) embracing open source

Canton of Zug joins the portal

Canton of Graubunden

Canton of Thurgau

After a successful #GLAMhack2017


National Museum, host of OpenGLAM 2018

OpenGLAM joins the portal, bringing the community and government data together


The political information system of the Swiss public radio and television released in time for SRG Hack


A project which has been garnering impressive awards

Uni Bern students visualize OGD

Association

Publishing not-Open Data on an Open Data portal?

Report on open data for innovative business from EPFL

economiesuisse.ch supports open data

Food Hackdays in Basel

Food Hackdays in Lausanne




TV report about MeatStory, an Open Food Data hack

Tourism Hackdays





Popular first names tool developed by Statistics office now hosted by our association

OpenGLAM hackathon in Lausanne

Supporting the Wikidata workshop for HackZurich

Florian Wieser shares insights on open data in Latin America

While Search.ch kindly takes over running our throttled Transport API

Impressions from Opendata.ch/2017







Open Data Day 2018 Bern

Open Data Day 2017 Zurich


Community

Open Data for Smart Cities

Open Data Beer Switzerland launches

@PersonalDataIO a Geneva startup with roots in Open Knowledge at re:publica 2018
https://twitter.com/PersonalDataIO/status/993092194683838465

öffentlichkeitsgesetz.ch guest lectures at Uni Bern
https://twitter.com/maemst/status/974230661363052545

Digitally Sustainable political candidates
https://twitter.com/maemst/status/962713788989476865

GeoAdmin.ch is crushin’ it! (2017 update?)
https://twitter.com/swiss_geoportal/status/961229697450434565
https://twitter.com/swiss_geoportal/status/934032389692624896
https://twitter.com/swiss_geoportal/status/943788595999100930
https://twitter.com/swiss_geoportal/status/932534211684306944
https://twitter.com/GilbertJeiziner/status/889873597677936640

OpenTransportData.swiss celebrates its first birthday
https://twitter.com/vasile23/status/936667800793440256
we can haz GTFS-RT
https://twitter.com/hannesgassert/status/867058615613624322

DataJamDays in Lausanne
https://twitter.com/schoolofdata_ch/status/935178412423032839

Swisscom launches a data portal
https://twitter.com/maemst/status/931217092745015296

Which gets prompt usage
https://twitter.com/jlhrzn/status/1000077348065169408

As does the Swiss Post
https://twitter.com/swisspost/status/936540386088103941

ETH library report on Open Data
https://twitter.com/ETHBibliothek/status/918487690399674368

The hitchhiker’s guide to Swiss Open Government Data by @jonasoesch
https://twitter.com/OpenDataZurich/status/926775422263574530

Student run open data workshop for Sustainability Week
https://twitter.com/schoolofdata_ch/status/971751771654819841

Legal Tech Hackathon in Zürich
https://twitter.com/heckerhut/status/914838285519859713

Swiss data journos picking up on community methods
https://twitter.com/mmznr/status/905311321964650497

Learning best practices from each other
https://twitter.com/swiss_geoportal/status/988868044712706048
https://twitter.com/schoolofdata_ch/status/942721626109603841

Swiss people building awesome things
https://twitter.com/odi/status/988759522159353858

Swiss data being…weird, apparently (scroll down)
https://twitter.com/ODIHQ/status/969893409539411968

All shiny things SPARQL
https://twitter.com/linkedktk/status/968152921220239360
https://twitter.com/FactsMission/status/964426164839198720
https://twitter.com/swiss_geoportal/status/964083114174832640

We love mappy hacks
https://twitter.com/mmznr/status/920940059964125185
https://twitter.com/loleg/status/967554878091472896

Especially when the maps are SPARQLy
https://twitter.com/jervenbolleman/status/933374116576493568

Games are great fun
https://twitter.com/swiss_geoportal/status/910049584348573696

The best are console hacks, though
https://twitter.com/ping13/status/941726720226238465

Open Science summer school brings open data to EPFL campus
https://twitter.com/heluc/status/885217336613097472

While the Uni Bern launches their showroom
https://twitter.com/researchdigisus/status/876741926699098113

The future of Open Data [catalogs]: interop
https://twitter.com/andreasamsler/status/879716170638782464

The future of digital Switzerland is open data
https://twitter.com/KilianBrogli/status/933291386912280577

Who knows what’s next?
https://twitter.com/swiss_geoportal/status/885186019682910208

Random

故兵貴勝,不貴久;故知兵之將,民之司命,國家安危之主也。
In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns. Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people’s fate, the [person] on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.
Sun Tzu - The Art of War 5

Cross-posted from the Open Knowledge Switzerland English-language blog.

Open Data is a powerful idea that aims to involve more people directly in the production, evaluation, and application of key resources for a digital society. This has direct reprecussions for the way governance is applied in the 21st century, transforming democracies around the world – in the best case, supporting more diversely participative, directly engaged, transparent interactions between the public and its institutions. Over the past five years, I have served the Board of the association Opendata.ch, representing Swiss interests in this area locally, nationally, and abroad. This post summarizes highlights from the past year of open data activism in Switzerland.

In Switzerland, Open Data is advocated by the Digital Sustainability (Digitale Nachhaltigkeit) parliamentary group, formed in 2009 and behind numerous initiatives in cantons and cities, as well as the precedents and directives that led to the Opendata.swiss government project at the federal level. Diverse related grassroots initiatives and associations support focal points such as reforming data access in the culture commons (OpenGLAM, Digitale Allmend), political monitoring (LobbyWatch), open maps (OSM.ch) or networks (ONIA).

Opendata.ch, founded in 2012, acts as incubator, umbrella and partner to open data projects in Switzerland, and is the local chapter of the international Open Knowledge network, hosting OKCon in Geneva in 2013, monitoring the country’s government data in the Global Open Data Index, as well as supporting a variety local projects from monitoring the landscape to promoting data literacy based on international standards. The association partners with a series of government initiatives, where many members participate in committees or work directly on projects.

Since 2016 this has centered on the Opendata.swiss portal, grouping top categories of digital interest with key infrastructure for sustainable publication – and the Open Transport Data portal, featuring mobility data that has from the start concerned and motivated the transport.opendata.ch community. The government geodata portal continues to be the focus of technical interest and innovation, and recently all three portals have joined the LINDAS project to connect key government data on the Semantic Web.

In the past two years, open data has become more established in the media and is starting to get mentioned in job descriptions in government, while science and industry catch up. Academic exchange has intensified with regular events on campus, such as the Open Food Data Hackdays at the EPFL/ZhdK, the OpenGLAM Hackdays at the University of Basel, courses in OGD at the University of Bern, and workshops at educational and research instutitions around the country. Publications such as those from the ETH Library or EPFL have demonstrated research interest and potential for broad collaboration within the open data community, which should be stimulated by further events and a new Student Award.

Image credit: Opendata.ch/2017 - CC BY 3.0 - Ernie Deane

Awareness of the potential of open data to generate new business and improve relations and partnerships around data has surely helped motivate the launch of open data portals from Swisscom and the Swiss Post, cooperation projects with Engagement Migros and department for Economic Development, commercial support for the Transport API, and acknowledgement from economiesuisse. The Opendata.ch association’s members are working hard to translate these seedlings into jobs, accelerating start-ups, and supporting the Swiss Data Alliance.

At the Open Knowledge Summit at the beginning of May 2018, the activities of Opendata.ch were summarized in seven words: active on many fronts, including organizational revision. The acclaimed organization today counts 370 members and thousands of followers. For the past six months we have conducted a review of our mandate, vision and operations with a task force whose recommendations will be key to the future vision of the association. Our sights are aimed at building a community of practice, servicing the needs of our network more efficiently and effectively, and reaffirming our goal to be the best community for open data activists in the country.

At a time open data in Switzerland is enjoying widening interest and debate, these goals are more important than ever. Community projects like the acclaimed vornamen.opendata.ch tool for choosing baby names have opened doors into the hearts and minds of the population whose interests we serve – academic, government and business partnerships chart the course ahead. Our vision of transparency, innovation and efficiency through openness underpins it all. We can look forward to the annual conference at the beginning of July in St. Gallen, bringing together a diversity of opinions around a fascinating subject, and another great year of community building (cheers!) and activism ahead.