VSHN wins tender for hosting the Swiss Linked Data Platform

We are happy to announce that VSHN has won the tender for hosting the Swiss Linked Data Platform of the Swiss Federal Archives.

What is the purpose of opendata.swiss?

opendata.swiss is the Swiss authorities’ portal for open – i.e. freely available – data. It is part of the Federal Council’s Open Government Data Strategy for Switzerland 2014-2018.

The Confederation, cantons and communes as well as other organisations with a mandate from the state publish their open data on opendata.swiss. The portal brings together a wide range of datasets such as Swiss communal boundaries, population statistics, current weather data, historical documents and health insurance premiums. All the datasets can be downloaded free of charge and exploited.

You can find more details about opendata.swiss here.

About Opendata.ch

Opendata.ch is the official support association of opendata.swiss and the Swiss section of the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Opendata.ch develops positions and projects and contributes them to the media. The goal is to make data publicly, freely available and usable for more transparency, innovation and efficiency – that’s Open Data.

More information about Opendata.ch can be found on opendata.ch and on the official Twitter account.

The Swiss Federal Archives

The Swiss Federal Archives preserve the documentation of government actions and make it accessible. This enables the administration to account for its activities and work more efficiently.

For the public and researchers alike, archiving is essential for the formation of independent, critical opinions in a democratic state under the rule of law. Research in the Federal Archives can be carried out online or on site.

More information about the Swiss Federal Archives can be found on their official website or on Twitter.

Purpose of the tender

The Swiss Federal Archives and the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN have agreed to cooperate closely on the establishment, operation and further development of a productive Linked Data Platform. The Swiss Federal Archives and the FOEN prepared the tender documents for the ‘Linked Data Platform’ in close collaboration, the overall WTO tender was lead by the Swiss Federal Archives.

The Swiss Federal Archives has been looking for a competent, reliable and high-performance service provider who can provide the required service organization in close cooperation with the client, successfully migrate existing data from the legacy system and then operate the Triplestore infrastructure in regular operation.

Why was VSHN AG selected?

At the invitation to tender held by the Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics (FOBL) as an organizer, VSHN AG was able to convince both regarding the good fulfillment of the qualitative requirements and the overall good price / performance ratio.

We are very pleased that we will be ensuring the service operation as well as the support throughout the entire performance period of the Swiss Linked Data Platform and to provide further consulting and integration services on behalf of the client.

On the software side, Stardog will be used, the leading Enterprise Knowledge Graph software. Of course, we are also very pleased to be working with Stardog Union to make this project a joint success.

The official notification can be viewed on simap.ch under the notice no. 1030799.

About VSHN – the DevOps company

VSHN AG (pronounced ˈvɪʒn like “vision”) is Switzerland’s leading DevOps, Docker, Kubernetes, Openshift and 24/7 cloud operations partner.

Since 2014 we support >300 customers & partners operating >900 servers in 20+ different clouds and on-premises with >62000 combined monitored services. We are ISO 27001 certified and work in accordance with the strict FINMA guidelines to ensure the security and confidentiality of customer data at all times.

Companies such as Adcubum, Avectris, Generali, Die Schweizerische Post, hitobito, HRM Systems, die Mobiliar, Sherpany, SIX Group, Sobrado, Starticket and many more already trust in our services.