Ouvrir les données publiques, de façon libre et réutilisable pour plus de transparence, d'efficacité et d'innovation - c'est ça, l'Open Data.

Opendata.ch est la section Suisse de l'Open Knowledge Foundation.

La maturitée des données ouvertes en Europe: La Suisse a du retard sur les autres pays

logo-splashpageSelon une nouvelle étude de la Commission Européenne, qui mesure la maturité des données ouvertes de chaque pays, la Suisse est à la traîne. Le rapport évalue de la capacité des pays à rendre leurs données disponibles et à les promouvoir, ainsi que la maturité de leurs portails Open Data. L’Espagne domine le classement, la France est en seconde position et la Suisse a pris la vingtième place.
Pour plus de détails , veuillez consulter le rapport ou le factsheet.

All good things #H4AW

Thank you for being an awesome participant / follower / supporter of Hack for Ageing Well! In this post we recap the setup and workshops at the event – see here for all the results! Furthermore have a look at the original blogpost on 2016.aalhackathon.eu

We experienced two great days at Startfeld St. Gallen, where the pace was set by the AAL Programme and our Challenge contributors. We were well looked after and catered to, motivated and energized, our ideas attentively listened to by our teammates, experts, entrepreneurs and 45 fellow participants.


Our brainstorming session on day 1 looked like this: first, a bird’s eye view was presented by the organisers to show how hackathons fit in the chain of idea to R&D to production to market. Then each Challenge was briefly introduced, followed by short speeches from each of the challengers (or reps from their orgs). After each speech a paper airplane was thrown into a corner of the room, where anyone interested in working on the project later congregated.

Very quickly we went from a room full of people to only a handful of indecisives, who based on skill/general interest area were then recommended to the teams. Some people decided to switch later on, and the organisers knew where each project was happening and directed. Nobody was left out, and surprisingly productive groups were quickly formed in this way.

Three workshops at the latter half of Sunday afternoon featured national and international guest speakers who took the floor to share some deeper learnings and introduce us to some key insights that could benefit the projects.


Our first guest was a regional representative of Pro Senectute, the leading Swiss organisation dedicated to ageing, who along with two of their volunteers talked from deep practical experience applying ICT in the context of senior support. A lively discussion ensued on topics from app design to the role of insurances and investors.

A member of universAAL, an international project funded by the AAL Programme, then described what it was like to work with this network and about challenges in setting technical standards of interoperability and compatibility between smart devices.

Our third short workshop was on data literacy, covering resources available from the School of Data for collecting, analysing and communicating correlated facts.

Topping it off, we had a group Yoga session to stretch tired wrists and arms, expand breathing, clear heads, and reset for the hackathon sprints.


Stay tuned for the next post to read about the 8 exciting projects that resulted!

You are invited to Hack for Ageing Well

You are invited to Hack for Ageing Well

We are excited to announce Hack for Ageing Well, a two-day hackathon that we are organizing together with the Active and Assistive Living (AAL) programme, which will take place towards the end of September in St. Gallen.

Ageing Well means staying healthy, independent and active at work or in our community during our whole life. It is also a strategy in public policy around disease prevention and early detection, with better use of technology and better training towards a more supportive and accessible environment. We will set out to Hack: to rethink, sketch, prototype or build on existing technologies that – through more usable and considerate design – better support our later years.

Additional information can be found on the website, where you can register to get involved: https://2016.aalhackathon.eu/

Capacity is limited, so please book your (free) ticket if you are thinking of coming. We will soon have additional announcements of challenges and workshops for everyone who signs up!

We would appreciate suggestions if you have ideas of datasets or platforms, or would like to get your institution involved. This event is part of an international series, and we look forward to participants and datasets from around the world.

A collection of readings – by Barnaby Skinner

Dear friends & colleagues,
Dear Community,

I am currently attending a 3 month course at Columbia University in New York (together with Paul Ronga from Tribune de Genève and Mathias Born, Berner Zeitung). We are currently half way into the programme. It’s basically a course for journalists (but not just journalists), to enhance their data gathering, analytic skills (learning Python, Panda libraries, SQL, combining the three, scraping with BeautifulSoup and using Selenium for automated scraping, and much more).

I thought it would be a good moment to reach out to the community and share some of the readings and stories we’ve stubbled across. The main gist is that data driven society in the US may be a little more sophisticated than in Switzerland and Europe in general. But they are actually not all that far ahead. They are dealing with very similar problems and opportunities.

This is just a random collection of readings, which some of you might find inspirational or just offer a different perspective on data and how we deal with it.

Relational and Non-Relational Models in the Entextualization of Bureaucracy by Michael Castelle
http://computationalculture.net/article/relational-and-non-relational-models-in-the-entextualization-of-bureaucracy (a dry read at times, but very rewarding)

Literature is not Data: Against the Digital Humanities by Stephen Marche

Machine Bias by Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu and Lauren Kirchner

How the Data Sausage Gets Made: A story about scraping food recalls and regular expressions

How open data saved parkers in NYC millions of dollars

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Hope you are all well and look forward to any feedback or comments anybody has on the readings.

Kind regards,

Opendata.ch/2016: Merci pour votre participation!


The annual Opendata.ch/2016 conference took place on June 14 at the Casino de Montbenon in Lausanne and was a day of excellent exchange and mutual inspiration around topics of national and international importance. We want to thank everybody who made this conference so special: first and foremost, our amazing community, the fabulous speakers, supporting partners and generous sponsors. See the full programme and revisit the event through content curated here:

List of participants & photos

Opendata.ch/2016: The Excerpts

Quotes and impressions from the morning of the 2016 edition of the Opendata.ch conference. For all presentations and downloads click here.

Text by Martina Kammermann, photography by Nicolas Fojtu, licensed CC BY 4.0.

#people #machines #algorithms

«Imagine a machine that is a hundred times smarter than you. You wouldn’t feel comfortable if this machine would be controlled by just a small group.»

Marcel Salathé, Associate Professor at EPFL

Open source algorithm challenges mentioned: @crowd_ai

#opensource #e-vote #transparency

“Realising open source is a daily internal struggle. There are very few people who know the subject, and it is very difficult for them to be understood. We need community.”

«Réaliser l’open source, c’est une lutte interne de tous les jours. Il y a très peu de gens qui connaissent la matière, et c’est très difficile de le faire comprendre. On a besoin d’une communauté.»

Anja Wyden Guelpa, chancelière d’Etat a Genève

#swiss #government #portal

“We will see soon new cantons on the portal. There will also be a user data requests forum.”

«On va voir des nouveaux cantons prochainement sur le portail. Il y a aura aussi un forum des souhaits pour des usagers.»

Jean-Luc Cochard, Bundesarchiv

#opendata #history #learning

“The hunter-gatherers have already picked the low-hanging fruit. We must create scalability.”

«Déjà les chasseurs-cueilleurs ont cueilli les fruits les plus accèssibles. Il faut créer des échelles.»

Simon Chignard, Auteur

#public #transport #openness

“The idea is to make as much data as possible public, including that which is not favorable to ourselves.”

«L’idée, c’est de rendre au public autant possible tous les données, compris celles qui ne nous sont pas favorable.»

Guillaume Leborgne, SNCF

#govtech #business #process

«Open data is sustainable when it makes data production dramatically easier for the people, not harder.»
Joshua Goldstein, Department of Better Technology

#civic #business #progress

«We are working on several reforms that will make startups that use government data more viable in the Ukraine. They should have tax reductions and many other privileges. And we are trying to persuade investors that these startups matter.»

Denis Gursky, 1991.vc

Reposted from blog.SODA.camp.

Le 14 juin, Opendata.ch tient sa conférence annuelle à Lausanne

Tickets are available on Eventbrite Eventbrite - Opendata.ch/2016 Conference

Opendata.ch/2016 is Switzerland’s leading event convened around the issues of Open Data. This year will see a more diverse, dynamic, brighter and better Open Data Conference than ever before. Join us on June 14 at the Casino de Montbenon (Allée Ernest-Ansermet 3) in Lausanne to shape the national conversation among business executives, politicians, public officals, researchers and open data enthusiasts from all over Switzerland through a program that includes (among others):

Morning Program, moderated by Hannes Gassert (Salle Paderewski)
Lunch Break, Foyer
Parallel Afternoon-Workshops
Closing Speech & Apéro
Unconference in the Brasserie de Montbenon

We thank our partner EPFL and our sponsors Liip, opendata.swiss, Hasler Stiftung, esri Suisse, Begasoft, Schweizer Informatik Gesellschaftnine.ch and Mediaktion for their tremendous support in realizing the Opendata.ch/2016 conference.

P.S. Please note that the keynotes will be held in french and english language.

Unconference @Opendata.ch/2016


In parallel to the Opendata.ch/2016 Conference on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 at Casino de Montbenon in Lausanne, we will run a participant-driven (BarCamp style) unconference track.

Please suggest ideas for brief (~15 min) talks and meetup topics. These will be posted on a website, crowd-ranked, scheduled and announced on the morning of the conference.

In order to participate, please fill out the following form:
Opendata.ch/2016 Unconference
We’re much looking forward to hearing form you and seeing you in Lausanne!

8 et 9 avril 2016: Swiss Open Energy Data Hackdays

Tout les informations détaillées sont disponibles sur make.opendata.ch/energy.


Le 8 et 9 avril 2016 aura lieu le prochain Open Energy Data Hackday.  Pour cette nouvelle édition, les ateliers make.opendata.ch se déplaceront  à deux endroits différents, en deux lieux symboliques où l’énergie prend sa source!

Lieu de l’événement:

Grimseltor (Innertkirchen):

Le Grimseltor pourra accueillir 45 participants. Il est situé au centre d’Innertkirchen, près du barrage réservoir du Grimsel.

  • Lieu: Grimseltor, Grimselstrasse 2, 3862 Innertkirchen
  • Hébergement: Hôtel Urweider. Vous avez le choix entre des chambres individuelles, doubles, quadruples ou pour dix personnes. Lors de l’achat du billet, vous avez la possibilité de choisir la catégorie de chambres vous convenant le mieux. Le prix varie également.
  • Arrivée: Via Interlaken Ouest – Meiringen, jusqu’à l’arrêt “Innertkirchen Grimseltor”

Mont Crosin

Pour la Romandie c’est dans le Châlet “Vert-Bois“ à Mont Crosin, près de l’installation solaire et de la plus grande centrale éolienne de „Juvent“ que se retrouveront les participants. Mont Crosin pourra accueillir 25 personnes.

  • Lieu: Auberge Vert-Bois (http://www.vert-bois.ch/)
  • Hébergement: Une possibilité d’hébergement est offert directement à l’auberge Vert-Bois (pour 14 personnes) ainsi qu’au chalet de Mont Crosin qui est situé jusqu’à coté (Place de Devant 65, 2610 Cormoret, pour 11 personnes). Lors de l’achat du billet, vous avez la possibilité de choisir votre catégorie de chambre, le prix variant en conséquence.
  • Arrivée: Arrêt Mont-Crosin restaurants, dépendant de votre départ via St. Imier ou Tramelan

Comment participer:

L’ Open Energy Data Hackday se destine à tous développeurs, personnes ayant envie de travailler sur des visualisations, designers, journalistes ou toutes autres experts ou personnes intéressés à la thématique liée à l’énergie.
Les billets pour l’Open Energy Data Hackday sont disponible sur Eventbrite.

Prenez simplement votre laptop. Nous nous occupons du reste.

Si vous êtes intéressé de devenir partenaire de l’événement ou si vous possédé des données liées à l’énergie pouvant être ouvertes, contactez nous via info@opendata.ch.

L’Open Energy Data Hackday aura lieu sous le label make.opendata.ch et sera donc centré sur l’utilisation des données ouvertes.

En effet l’accès facilité aux données publiques stimule leur réutilisation, amorce  un dialogue permettant au citoyen de mieux comprendre les divers enjeux liés à l’énergie. Au travers d’applications et de visualisation innovantes de nombres questions sont posées:

    • Comment utiliser les données pour faciliter la mobilité électrique ?
    • Comment utiliser les données pour chauffer, rafraîchir et gérer notre maison et poste de travail de manière plus efficace?
    • Comment utiliser les données pour mieux comprendre les divers enjeux liés à la production, la distribution ainsi que la consommation d’énergie ? Comment rendre la thématique plus compréhensible?
    • Comment utiliser les données pour optimiser et rendre notre consommation d’énergie plus efficace?
    • Essayons donc le 8 et 9 avril, ensemble et grâce aux données ouvertes de mieux comprendre les divers questions liées à l’énergie en Suisse.


L’Open Energy Data Hackday est une initiative conjointe de l’IDS Datenwelten de l’Université des sciences appliquées de Lucerne et de l’association suisse Opendata.ch. Energie SuisseKraftwerke Oberhasli et opendata.swiss sont également partenaires de l’événement.


Opendata.ch congratulates the Federal Government with the new Open Government Data Portal and calls for a consistent implementation of OGD strategy in Switzerland

The Federal Government today launched the new national Open Government Data (OGD) – Portal opendata.swiss. This replaces the previously provisional pilot portal with a permanent platform. The association Opendata.ch congratulates our colleagues in the Open Government Data Switzerland project for this successful milestone, and is particularly pleased about the expanding list of governmental organizations that publish information openly on the new national OGD portal, including SBB and the Canton of Geneva. Furtheremore, the improved publication features encourage hope that other data holdings of the federal government, the cantons and communes will be made available as soon as possible in the form of OGD.

The release and publication of other databases such as company and address registers, road accidents or public administration expenditures as OGD – i.e. machine-readable, free of charge and without any restrictions – are urgently needed. Switzerland misses out every day on valuable impetus for innovation and economic growth when such data are not openly available. In the Global Open Data Index 2015, Switzerland lags behind in ranking 29 (2014: 24). Some reasons for this delay are that the supply of open data in Switzerland until now is very modest, and that a lot of data of the public administration are not machine-readable or fully usable.

The Federal Council adopted the Open Government Data Strategy Switzerland 2014-2018 in April 2014. It states: “The public administration in Switzerland has valuable, high quality data. The Federal Council wishes to make as much of this data as possible openly accessible and freely reusable within the meaning of OGD (…), through OGD to support development of an information society in our country, and to promote and strengthen the leading position of Switzerland in the global information economy.”

The association Opendata.ch stands behind this Strategy, calling on all responsible authorities to implement it in consequence, with as much useful data publication as possible.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with:
André Golliez, andre.golliez@opendata.ch, +41 79 669 05 52
Muriel Staub, muriel.staub@opendata.ch, +41 79 752 78 69

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