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Since already 15 years Switzerland has been establishing its Swiss Federal Spatial Data Infrastructure (FSDI). The Swiss FSDI evolved from an infrastructure project to a prioritized eGovernment pillar covering all administrative levels. Policy making, establishment of a legal framework and a paradigm shift from data to service provision (including metadata, data models, infrastructure) were key milestones. geo.admin.ch is the implementation and the portal to the Swiss FSDI according to the Swiss Federal Act on Geoinformation.
In 2012 geo.admin.ch has won the 2012 United Nations Public Service Award, 2nd place, in the category of “Advancing Knowledge Management in Government” which rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide.
FSDI customers benefit from a very performant and very flexible spatial data infrastructure. Thanks to the flexible underlying cloud infrastructure it was possible for the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo) to handle the steady growth of the web traffic, which has doubled every year since 2008. This could be achieved by a novel combination of an open source software framework with an innovative cloud computing architecture resulting in an attractive cost/benefit ratio.
A major economic benefit can be achieved with the establishment of geo.admin.ch in Switzerland. Some Federal administration benefits for decision-making, planning and improving efficiency of governmental processes are that data production can be accelerated and data exchange processes simplified.
Other major achievements are leveraging open access, open standards, open source software, mobile support, map viewer user interface, mashups and API for all and, last but not least, scalability and agility on the infrastructure level thanks to cloud computing.