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Swiss Heritage Data

This page contains a list of open heritage data from and/or about Switzerland. Feel free to add any further datasets that are in line with the OpenGLAM Principles.

New arrivals

As we are working on the 2016 edition of the Swiss #openGLAM #GLAMhack event, it would be great to hear from institutions with new or shortly upcoming open cultural data releases. Please contact us to appear here.

Datasets which include digital representations of heritage objects are (also) made available on Open Knowledge's Open Collections Portal. – Have a look at our collection for the 2016 hackathon.

Overview

¹ Data collection is described at http://open-collections.okfn.org, please have a look at our collection for the 2016 hackathon there.

Inventories of Historical Collections

Archives d'Etat de Genève (State Archives of the Canton of Geneva)

Donation de la comtesse Eldegarde au prieuré de Satigny 21 février 912, cote CH AEG P.H. 1, Public Domain

Inventories of three historical collections:

  • Collection des pièces historiques - This collection contains documents dating from 912 through 1846. It was assembled in the 19th century with the goal of gathering all documents considered interesting from the point of view of political history. The collection comprises 5700 folders with ca. 40'000 documents. Scans of the documents are accessible on the Adhémar database. More (in French)...
  • Archives du département du Léman - This archival collection comprises the documents from the Administration du Léman (Département du Léman) and the Sous-préfecture de Genève during the French administration of Geneva between 1798 and 1813 (see also: "Léman (département)" in the Historical Lexicon of Switzerland)
  • Finances P - This collection consists of accounting documents from the 14th century onwards, organized according to year and topic.

License: CC-0 (Inventories); Public Domain (Scans of historical documents)

Formats: CSV / Excel (Inventories); JPG (Scans of historical documents)

Data / Documentation: datahub.io (Inventories and documentation in French); Adhemar (Scans of historical documents - search for “pièces historiques” in the section “Recherche de documents numérisés”)

Contact: archives@etat.ge.ch

Historical Photographs of Wetzikon

Archiv Ortsgeschichte Wetzikon (Municipal Archives Wetzikon)

Wetzikon ZH, Protestant Church and Cemetery 1894. Photographer: Fritz Wiesendanger, Public Domain

The Municipal Archives Wetzikon have made a set of historical photographs from the album of Fritz Wiesendanger (photographer in Wetzikon, †1917) available on Wikimedia Commons.

License: Public Domain

Formats: JPG

Data / Documentation: Wikimedia Commons

Contact: ortsgeschichte@wetzikon.ch

Inventory of Historical Monuments (Canton of Zurich)

Canton of Zurich - Monuments Protection Service

Photo: Roland zh, CC by-sa 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Inventory of historical monuments in the Canton of Zurich (Denkmalschutzobjekte).

License: Open Data des Geographischen Informationssystems des Kantons Zürich (GIS-ZH) (German text, short translation: attribution required)

Formats: WMS / WFS / XLSX

Data / Documentation: Geographical Information System of the Canton of Zurich

Contact: oliver.waddell@bd.zh.ch

"Zurich 1799" (collection of texts, images, maps and geo data)

City of Zurich - Urban Planning Office

Publication “Zürich 1799”

The Office of Urban Planning of the City of Zurich (Amt für Städtebau der Stadt Zürich) has made the highly successful publication “Zurich 1799” freely available. Included are the raw text of the publication, a reduced PDF, map sections and spatial data as well as various images (for which the consent of the data holders could be secured).

Background: In 1799, ten years after the French Revolution, the area of ​​Zurich was the scene of two battles. In the first battle Austrian troops fought against the French, while the second one resulted from the confrontation between the French and the Russians. The publication gives an account of this dramatic historical period from the perspective of the victims, which included the city of Zurich itself. Professionals from different disciplines follow the questions raised by an archaeological find from that period: the skeleton of a soldier in Russian uniform that had fallen in the second battle at Zurich.

License: CC-BY-SA-3.0

Formats: The ZIP-File contains JPEG, txt, WMS, WMTS, GeoTif, KML, GDB, PDF.

Data: OGD Portal of the City of Zurich (D)

Contact: opendata@zuerich.ch

Historical Photographs of the City of Zurich (1870-1900)

City of Zurich - Architectural Heritage Office

View of the City of Zurich from Bellevue in 1896, Public Domain

A set of public domain photographs from the historical archives of the Architectural Heritage Office (Baugeschichtliches Archiv der Stadt Zürich) is made available at the occasion of the hackathon.

License: Public Domain / no known copyright / CC-0

Formats: TIF, JPEG

Data: Available on OGD Portal of the City of Zurich (D) and on Wikimedia Commons

Contact: opendata@zuerich.ch

Inventory of Historical Monuments (City of Zurich)

City of Zurich - Monuments Protection Service

Preview of the geodataset «historical monuments» with the Müllerplan from 1793 as basemap

Inventory of historical monuments in the city of Zurich (Denkmalschutzobjekte).

License: CC-0

Formats: Shapefile (CH03) / WMS / WFS (XML)/ GeoJSON (WGS84) / KMZ (WGS84)

Data / Documentation: OGD Portal of the City of Zurich

Contact: opendata@zuerich.ch

Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland 1945-1972

dodis.ch

Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation Walter B. Gyger presents his letter of credence to the President of Russia, 29 May 2009. www.kremlin.ru, CC-by-sa (via Wikimedia Commons)

The DDS are a research project aiming to edit key documents on Swiss foreign relations. The editors provide researchers and practitioners with official sources in printed and digitized form which are necessary to reconstruct and gain an understanding of the history of Swiss foreign policy.

The relevant documents are selected, edited, and annotated by a research group whose members are historians from Swiss universities.

The Online Database Dodis - in addition to the printed edition - allows for free access to a large number of digitized documents. Moreover, it contains a vast amount of information on people (Swiss and foreign) and organisations that were active in the field of foreign policy. On the occasion of the 1st Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon, dodis.ch is making its database available under an open license. More about Dodis...

License: CC-by-sa

Formats: SQL

Data / Documentation: Dodis

Contact: tbd

Basic Metadata of the Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

e-codices

Pontificale Murense (Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsMurF 3, f. 2r), Public Domain

The goal of e-codices is to provide access to medieval and modern manuscripts of Switzerland via a virtual library.

On the e-codices website, complete digital reproductions of the manuscripts are linked to corresponding scholarly descriptions (encoded into XML following TEI-P5). At the moment, the website contains 1,233 manuscripts from 51 different collections.

The basic metadata of the manuscripts can be harvested via an OAI interface, based on Dublin Core. All data provided via the OAI interface are released for free use and are not subject to any copyright.

In addition to the basic metadata, selected TIFF images of public domain works will be made available during the Hackathon.

License: Public domain (basic metadata)

Format: Dublin Core

Data: e-codices OAI interface

Contact: ramona.fritschi@unifr.ch

Bibliographic metadata from the Knowledge Portal

ETH-Bibliothek

Zurich, ETH Zurich, main building (HG), main library, students in the reading room, Photo: unknown photographer, CC BY-SA 4.0, via ETH-Bibliothek, Bildarchiv

The rich and diverse dataset provided via a RESTful API consists of metadata from different sources:

  • NEBIS library catalogue including metadata of analogue and digital resources held by approx. 140 libraries and research institutions from all over Switzerland
  • ETH E-Collection serving as the institutional repository for ETH Zurich
  • retro.seals.ch listing retrodigitized Swiss scientific journals
  • ETH E-Pics image catalogues with digitized images from the Image Archive of ETH-Bibliothek as well as digitized illustrations from rare books held by the ETH-Bibliothek
  • Archivdatenbank Online comprising the holdings of the ETH Zurich University Archives
  • Multimedia Portal of ETH Zurich featuring podcasts and webcasts from ETH Zurich including recordings of lectures, talks and conferences

License: The bibliographic metadata are free of any copyright restrictions.

Format: JSON

Data / Documentation: RESTful API Client (Link provided before and during the hackathon) - For organizational reasons the API as well as the data are only publicly accessible before and during the 1st Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon. You may of course use downloaded data after the event as well since there are no restrictions in use regarding the bibliographic metadata.

Contact: claudia.lienhard@library.ethz.ch

PCP Inventory

Federal Office for Civil Protection, PCP Section

Wiesener Viadukt, winning picture of the Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 international photo contest. Photo: David Gubler, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Inventory of Cultural Property in Switzerland (historical buildings and heritage collections). The list of A-objects contains cultural properties of national significance, while the list of B-objects contains the cultural properties of regional significance. Earlier versions of this lists have been transposed to Wikipedia and have been used as a basis for the Swiss edition of the Wiki Loves Monuments international photo competition. Openly licensed pictures of the various objects can be found on Wikimedia Commons.

License: CC-0

Format: CSV / Excel

Data: datahub.io

Documentation: German / French / Italian

Contact: kgs-gis@babs.admin.ch

Inventory of Historical Traffic Routes in Switzerland

Federal Roads Office

Historical Road on Septimer Pass. Photo: Mgloor, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Inventory of Historical Traffic Routes in Switzerland is a unique enterprise worldwide: on behalf of the Swiss Confederation ViaStoria has created a cartographical and descriptive survey of all roads and paths, based on their historical traffic importance or on the preserved historical structures of national importance (ca. 3'750 km). These traffic routes are protected under the Swiss Federal Law for the Protection of Nature and Landscape (NHG). More...

License: non-standard

Format: Shapefile (among others)

Data / Documentation: Federal Roads Office

Contact: tbd

Photographs of Items from the Collections of the Historical Museum Basel

Historical Museum Basel

Reliquary in the shape of a house from the Basel Cathedral Treasure (14th century). Photo: Peter Portner, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Since 2014, the Basel Historical Museum is making high-quality, high-resolution images of items from its collections available on Wikimedia Commons. In fall 2014, a first set of pictures from the Basel Cathedral Treasury were uploaded in a pilot run. Further uploads will follow; next on the list are items from the Amerbach Cabinet and items related to Erasmus of Rotterdam (see: History of the Basel Historical Museum).

License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (images)

Format: JPEG (images)

Data: Wikimedia Commons

Contact: tbd

Jean-Jacques Rousseau : Collection complète des oeuvres

Infoclio

Portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) by Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

rousseauonline.ch gives access to the complete works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) in their first reference edition, in 17 volumes and almost 10'000 pages, published in Geneva between 1780 and 1789. The text contains the original page numbers with links to high resolution scans of the original pages. More...

License: Public Domain

Format: HTML / PDF / EPUB

Data: rousseauonline.ch

Contact: enrico.natale@infoclio.ch

Journal de Genève / Gazette de Lausanne (1914)

Le Temps Historical Archive

Gazette de Lausanne, 01.05.1914, © 2008 LE TEMPS SA, CC-by

The Historical database of Le Temps comprises 3 newspapers over 200 years. The Journal de Genève ran from 1826 to 1998, the Gazette de Lausanne (under different names) from 1798 to 1998, and the Nouveau Quotidien from 1991 to 1998, before the merging to the present Le Temps. The full archive was digitized and OCRed (extraction of digital text) in 2008.

The project is of interest for the community because newspaper databases are becoming a widespread reality across Europe, calling for dedicated techniques to fully exploit them.

We share all the articles of JDG and DGL for the year 1914 in text (ORCed) form, via xml files. Articles come in 2 flavors: raw and annotated. Raw means for each month and issue, there is an xml file with the full text of an article, some metadata and a division in columns (roughly, the formatting units on the page). Annotated means we used three Named Entity Recognition (NER) and Disambiguation (NED) services for French, fed them with out data and merged the results in a unique annotation.

License: CC-by

Format: XML

Data/Documentation: Dropbox (also available directly at the hackathon)

Contact: giovanni.colavizza@epfl.ch and yannick.rochat@epfl.ch (Digital Humanities Lab, EPFL)

Lausanne Museums

  • Musée historique de Lausanne (Lausanne Historical museum)
  • Musée Romain Lausanne-Vidy (Lausanne Roman museum)
  • Collection de l'Art Brut (Art Brut Collection)
  • Mudac (Musée de design et d’art appliqués contemporains)
  • Fonds des arts plastiques de la Ville de Lausanne

Lausanne. Le Grand-Pont est inauguré en 1844

There are 185'000 objects, many with digitized images, available through this website which brings together the collections of five museums and art institutions from Lausanne, Switzerland. All items dating from before 1900 are in the Public Domain and the metadata usable under Creative Commons licenses. Additionally this includes the Jacques-Edouard Berger collection from the mudac museum. However, note that most items in the collection de l’art brut, mudac and FAP are copyrighted, but the works of authors deceased for more than 70 years can be used.

License:

  • Images dating from before 1900: Public Domain / no known copyright
  • Works of authors/photographers deceased more than 70 years ago: Public Domain (this will often require some research as the dates of death of the creators are not systematically indicated in the metadata)
  • Other images: All rights reserved.
  • Metadata: CC BY-SA

Formats: JPEG

Data: musees.lausanne.ch (click Collections for search options)

Bulk data: will be available at the hackathon courtesy of a team working on a scraper

Contact: Yann Ringgenberg

Historical Playing Cards

OpenGLAM CH

Historical Tarot Cards, Public Domain

Many playing cards were produced in Switzerland throughout history. Particularly famous was the Müller company in Schaffhausen which is the ancestor of today's AGMüller. But even before there was playing cards manufacturing in Switzerland. We have digitized the playing cards of a tarot game wich was designed in the manufactory of Johann Georg Rauch between 1831 and 1838. Also we have digized a deck of the ancestor deck “Tarot de Besançon”.

License: Public Domain (images)

Format: TIFF

Data: Will be available during the hackathon (to be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons)

Contact: micha.rieser@wikimedia.ch

Swiss GLAM Inventory (beta)

OpenGLAM CH

Photo: Gfuerst, CC by-sa 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Inventory of heritage institutions in Switzerland (including institutions in Liechtenstein). The inventory has been compiled from various sources (see: overview of pre-existing lists).

License: CC0

Formats: CSV, Excel (xsl)

Data: datahub.io

Contact: beat.estermann@bfh.ch

Plazi Treatment Repository

Plazi

Auguste Forel and ants (Public Domain; ant picture: CC-by AntBase.Net)

The Plazi treatment repository deals with scientific, published, biosystematic literature. It is the literature documenting and describing all the world’s ca 1.9 Million known species in an estimated corpus of over 500 Million published pages. The cited publications in Plazi are all available at the Biodiversity Literature Repository at Zenodo/CERN.

Treatments are well defined parts of articles that define the particular usage of a scientific name by an author at a given time (the publication). With other words, each scientific name has one to several treatments, depending on whether there exists only an original description of a species, or whether there are subsequent re-descriptions. Similar to bibliographic references, treatments can be cited, and subsequent usages of names cite earlier treatments.

Treatments are a synthesis of the knowledge about a given species at a given time. They can be very rich in data, explicitly or implicitly, detailed or summarized, and include many references to external data sources, such as scientific names, collection codes, DNA-codes. The data can be semantically enhanced, and linked. More...

License: No known copyright restrictions (treatments and observation data)

Format: HTML, XML, RDF, also accessible via API (treatments and observation data)

Data: Search Interface / List of the 100 latest entries

Documentation: PDF-File via Google Drive

Contact: info@plazi.org

Place Descriptors of Basel

Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt

Johann Jakob Schneider: View from St. Johanntor onto the City of Basel around 1844, Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt, BILD Schn. 2., Public Domain

Place descriptors represent a growing thesaurus of places, streets and even monuments within the city of Basel and its surroundings. They constitute a sort of a local authority file for geographical description and are used to describe all sorts of archival material, including paintings and photographs. Place names are an easy way to investigate the archive's holdings. For most of the entries one or multiple images can be retrieved. By now, there are roughly 40'000 paintings, engravings and photographs digitally available. However the place descriptors have not been linked to any other geographical authority file (e.g. VIAF or GND) yet, nor to corresponding geographical coordinates.

License: CC-0

Format: CSV

Data: FTP

Contact: staatsarchiv@bs.ch

The Grand Council's Minutes in Audio and Text (Basel-Stadt)

Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt

Minutes of the Grand Council at the State Archive of Basel-Stadt, CC-0

The Grand Council's Minutes (Grossratsprotokolle des Kantons Basel-Stadt) offer a great opportunity to generate added value by computational methods. Since both the audio and text transcripts are available, they could now be referenced to each other. Doing so, it would result in an innovative user experience, making the political debate more accessible. To read and to listen simultaneously into the past debates in the town hall makes political decision processes more transparent. For prototyping purposes we give access to one year of debates, the official year 1989/1990.

License: CC-0

Formats:

  • Sound recordings: mp3 (12 GB) upon request
  • Scanned Minutes: PDF (dirty OCR), tif or jpg files upon request

Data: FTP

Contact: staatsarchiv@bs.ch

Klosterneuburger Evangelienwerk

Stadtbibliothek Schaffhausen

Detail of page 19 of the “Klosterneuburger Evangelienwerk” (Stadtbibliothek Schaffhausen, Gen. 8, Gen. 8, f. 5r), Public Domain

The “Klosterneuburger Evangelienwerk”, held by the Municipal Library of Schaffhausen, is a large-format manuscript from the 14th century, which contains the oldest version of an illustrated copy of the so-called Klosterneuburger Evangelienwerk, a German prose translation of the Gospels, together with the Lives of the Apostles and various Apocrypha from the New Testament. Over 400 pen and ink wash drawings, irregularly interspersed throughout the manuscript, accompany and illustrate the text.

License: Public Domain (If you make use of this work in a publication, an app, or the like, it is suggested that you cite it according to the citation format proposed by e-codices and send a short notice to the Municipal Library of Schaffhausen.)

Format: JPEG / TIFF

Data: JPEG-files in various formats are available via e-codices / High resolution TIFF-files will be available during the hackathon.

Documentation: e-codices

Contact:

  • bibliothek@stsh.ch
  • ramona.fritschi@unifr.ch, e-codices (for the TIFF-files)

Inventory of Research Libraries in Switzerland

Swissbib

People working in Card Division in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., between 1900 and 1920. Photo: Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The inventory contains all institutions which are included in the Swissbib libary meta-catalogue. It comprises ca. 900 institutions with name, address, codes, URLs, etc. and is presently available as a data dump which is updated on a daily basis.

License: CC0

Format: JSON

Data: Swissbib

Contact: swissbib@unibas.ch

SwissJazzOrama Jazz Metadata

SwissJazzOrama

Irene Schweizer in concert at the LOFT (Cologne), Germany, February 7th, 2014. Photo: Annamarie Ursula, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

SwissJazzOrama collects and archives all kinds of sound carriers, pictures, literature and other testimonies from the Jazz universe. It collects information about as many different types of Jazz as possible. Whether it is published/unpublished, popular/fringe. The SwissJazzOrama volunteers enter these documents in databases that are continuously updated and provide quick access.

This dataset contains part of the database queryable at http://jazzdaten.ch, the database where all of the various pieces of information it collects about the music are stored. First and foremost, it contains music metadata related to Switzerland:

  • Recordings by or featuring Swiss artists
  • recordings of concerts in Switzerland
  • releases of Swiss labels
  • Recordings of music by Swiss composers

Please note: SwissJazzOrama has a media collection, but cannot provide digital access to any of the recordings!

License: CC-0

Format: CSV / SQL

Data: https://datahub.io/dataset/swissjazzorama

Documentation: A JSON data package (more information) containing metadata that describes the structure and contents of the data collection as well as JSON Table Schema files (more information) describing the tables were added by the uploader. These files were not provided nor checked by the data provider.

Contact: s.mira@bluewin.ch

Carl Durheim’s police photographs of stateless persons

Swiss Federal Archives

François Hyppolite Bouvroz at the age of 52 years (1852-1853). Photo: Carl Durheim, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In 1852 and 1853 Carl Durheim, a pioneering photographer from Bern, was commissioned by the Confederation to photograph hundreds of stateless persons and travellers who had been picked up and detained. It is currently believed that the resulting portraits are the world's earliest surviving collection of police photographs. The Swiss Federal Archives have digitised the more than 200 salt paper prints and published them on Wikimedia Commons. More...

License: Public Domain

Format: TIFF / JPEG (images)

Data: Wikimedia Commons

Contact: bundesarchiv@bar.admin.ch

Geneva Conventions: Scans of original documents

Swiss Federal Archives

Convention pour l'amélioration du sort des militaires blessés dans les armées en campagnes du 22 août 1864. Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The first Geneva Convention “for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field”, was signed 150 years ago, on 22 August 1864. The original document from 1864 as well as the Conventions signed in 1949 and still in force today, together with further documentation on the subject, have been digitised by the Federal Archives and made available on Wikimedia Commons. More...

License: Public Domain

Format: PDF / JPEG

Data: Wikimedia Commons

Contact: bundesarchiv@bar.admin.ch

Historical Photograph Collection: "Active Service in the World War I (1914-1918)"

Swiss Federal Archives

Photo: Unknown photographer, CC by-sa 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The “Active service in the First World War” (1914-1918) photograph collection comprises 5,125 digitised glass plate negatives and their metadata from the fonds “National Defence 1848-1950” (reference code CH-BAR#E27#06.H.3.k.2, dossiers 14093 to 14096).

License: CC BY-SA (images)

Format: TIFF / JPEG (images)

Data / Documentation: opendata.swiss / Wikimedia Commons

Contact: bundesarchiv@bar.admin.ch

Public Domain Music Recordings and Metadata

Swiss Foundation Public Domain

Photo: Public Domain, via Public Domain Project

The Swiss Foundation Public Domain is a charitable foundation specialized in the conservation and utilization of public domain music and film material. Its archives include over 50,000 78 rpm gramophone records and phonograph cylinders with mainly classical music and jazz recordings. Since 2009, the gramophone records are being digitized as part of the “Public Domain Project”; works for which copyright has expired are made available on Wikimedia Commons. Since 2014 the Swiss Foundation Public Domain has a branch in Montevideo, Uruguay, which digitizes mainly Argentinian and Uruguayian folk music, motion pictures and historical books.

License: Public Domain

Format: Sound files: FLAC / Ogg

Data: Wikimedia Commons

Contact: swissradio@gmail.com

Aerial Photographs by Eduard Spelterini

Swiss National Library

Photo: Eduard Spelterini, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Since 2014, the Swiss National Library is making its collection of images of aviation pioneer Edward Spelterini (1852-1931) available via Wikimedia Commons. Between 1890 and 1910 Spelterini undertook balloon rides over Switzerland and other countries and photographed the view. Images from the bird's eye view from this period are rare. The collection makes an important contribution to historical research. The 120 images were digitized from glass plates and are available on Wikimedia Commons in good quality and high resolution. (Deutsch / français / italiano)

License: public domain (images) / CC-0 (metadata)

Format: TIFF / JPEG (images)

Data: Wikimedia Commons / opendata.swiss

Contact: info@nb.admin.ch

Bibliographical Records via The European Library (TEL)

Swiss National Library

© The European Library (TEL)

The European Library Open Dataset constitutes the subset of The European Library’s aggregated data that is made openly available by its partner libraries, including the Swiss National Library. Two mechanisms are available for interacting or obtaining the dataset: It can be obtained as downloadable bulk files and according to the specifications of the W3C Linked Data Platform 1.0. More...

License: CC0

Format: Dublin Core / RDF / Turtle

Data/Documentation: The European Library (You will need to register with The European Library to get access to the apis)

Contact: tbd

Bibliography on Swiss History (1975-)

Swiss National Library

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASchweizerische_Nationalbibliothek_(Geb%C3%A4ude).JPG

Photo: Marianabeauty, CC by-sa 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Bibliography on Swiss History (BSH) comprises publications from both Switzerland and abroad that relate to the nation’s history. They include monographs, articles from collective works and serials, dissertations as well as master’s theses, on all types of data storage media. The definition of “Switzerland” includes the territory within the country’s present-day national borders, irrespective of political allegiances in earlier times. More...

License: CC0

Format: MARCXML

Data/Documentation: https://opendata.swiss/dataset/bibliography-on-swiss-history-1975

Contact: bsh@nb.admin.ch

Gugelmann Collection

Swiss National Library

Bern, bird's eye view from the West (1858). Artists: Charles Fichot and Th. Muller, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Since 1982, the Swiss National Library (NL) has been home to the Gugelmann Collection, a large group of works by the Schweizer Kleinmeister - Swiss 18th century masters - assembled by Annemarie Gugelmann and her brother Rudolf. It is one of the most valuable donations the NL has ever received. With the rise of the classic “grand tour” among the European nobility in the 17th century and - mainly from the mid-18th century onwards - the upper middle classes, the Schweizer Kleinmeister began producing drawings, watercolours and oil paintings that captured Swiss landscapes and characteristic genre scenes. The work of the Schweizer Kleinmeister from the mid-18th to mid-19th century offers a rich insight into the landscape and culture of Switzerland at the time. It is therefore of continuing relevance today, both for art and cultural history and for the natural sciences. As those artworks were sold to travellers passing through Switzerland, their dissemination throughout Europe shaped the typical image of Switzerland that abides to this day. More...

License: Public Domain

Format: TIFF / JPEG (images)

Data: Wikimedia Commons / opendata.swiss

Documentation: Swiss National Library Website

Contact: tbd

Swiss Book (2001-)

Swiss National Library

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASchweizerische_Nationalbibliothek_(Geb%C3%A4ude).JPG

Photo: Marianabeauty, CC by-sa 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Swiss Book is the national bibliography of Switzerland published by the Swiss National Library (NL).

This bibliography lists Swiss publications in all media: books, maps, music scores, electronic media and multimedia, periodicals, newspapers, annual publications and series. Music scores are published annually in issue no. 16. However, Swiss sound recordings are catalogued and collected at the Swiss National Sound Archives in Lugano, and Swiss films at the National Film Archive in Lausanne.

A publication is considered Swiss if: - at least one third of the authors are Swiss; - or the publishing house is Swiss; - or at least one third of the content concerns Switzerland.

A publication is included in The Swiss Book if: - its content is public; - it has at least 6 pages; - and it is less than 10 years old.

Publications whose content is the work of Swiss translators, compilers (editors) or contributors or by authors re-siding in Switzerland are collected by the Swiss National Library but are not included in The Swiss Book. More...

License: CC0

Format: MARCXML

Data/Documentation: https://opendata.swiss/dataset/swiss-book-2001

Contact: catref@nb.admin.ch

Prints and Drawings

Zentralbibliothek Solothurn

Drawing from Solothurner Fechtbuch (early 16th century) , unknown artist, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Since 2013 Zentralbibliothek Solothurn has been making selected works from its prints and drawings collection available on Wikimedia Commons in good quality and high resolution. Some of the pictures have been featured in the Public Domain Review.

License: public domain (images)

Formats: TIFF / JPEG

Data: Wikimedia Commons

Contact: tbd

Images from the Zurich Central Library's Special Collections

Zentralbibliothek Zürich

Chamonix. Traversée de la Mer de Glace. Anonymous artist, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In 2013, the Zurich Central Library has made some 100 high resolution scans of single-leaf broadsheets, landscapes, portraits as well as cultural/historical material from its rich special collections available on Wikimedia Commons.

License: public domain (images)

Formats: TIFF / JPEG

Data: Wikimedia Commons

Contact: jochen.hesse@zb.uzh.ch

Combined Archival Meta-Data from 5 swiss archives in Linked Data

Consortium ALOD

To unlock the power of existing finding aids in archives, an informal group of interest around Linked Data (LD) has formed in Switzerland mid 2014. Archival practitioners of five public archives on state and municipal level and the Swiss federal archives met in a grassroots initiative to find a suitable approach to identify the potential of this technology. This initiate was given the name of Archival Linked Open Data (A-LOD / http://data.alod.ch).

License: public domain (images)

Formats: Linked Data (RDF formats, JSON-LD, Turtle, RDF-XML)

Data:

SPARQL Endpoint

dereferencable Linked Data

Contact: jean-luc.cochard@bar.admin.ch (project mgmt) / michael.luggen@zazuko.com (technical)