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Strategy and implementation

In 2000 the Swiss Federal Council mandated the DDPS to create a coordination centre for geoinformation within the federal administration. The strategy and the implementation plan are the basics to set up a National Spatial Data Infrastructure.  

Swiss Federal strategy for geographical information

Geographical information is data which is spatially referenced by means of coordinates, place names, postal addresses or similar criteria. Since up to 80 percent of all political and economic decisions are of a spatial nature, the Swiss federal administration intends, through the coordination of geographical information, to facilitate the integration of the widest possible selection of data, to make access easier and to promote the application of this data.
With wider and more intensive usage, greater economic benefit can be achieved from the geographic information which is already available. This will add value for all those involved – federal, cantonal and local government, organisations in the private sector and the scientific community as well as the general public.

Swiss Federal strategy for geographical information (de,fr)

Implementation plan for the Federal strategy for geographical information

In order to implement the Federal strategy for geographical information and access the enormous amount of available data, it is proposed to set up a user-friendly, decentralised but networked system. Such a national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI) depends on political, organisational, financial, legal and technical components. First of all it is essential to create an organisational framework for all the activities involved in the implementation of the NSDI. To this end, the “impulse programme” was launched in order to build and promote a network of contacts and a project management organisation covering the whole of Switzerland, with COGIS at its heart.

You will find the entire document in German and French in the publication section.