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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 ⭐️

Datasets which include digital representations of objects (e.g. collections of photos) have been added to Open Knowledge's Open Collections Portal. – Have a look at our collection there for the 2016 hackathon.

We are already planning for the 2017 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.

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License: CC-0 (Inventories); Public Domain (Scans of historical documents)

Formats: CSV / Excel (Inventories); JPG (Scans of historical documents)

Data / Documentation: datahub.io (Inventories and documentation in French); Adhemar (Scans of historical documents - search for “pièces historiques” in the section “Recherche de documents numérisés”)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

VSJF-Refugees Migration 1898 - 1975

Archives of Contemporary History / Archiv für Zeitgeschichte, ETH Zürich

Food bank for refugees in Switzerland during World War II. Photo: VSJF, Archives of Contemporary History, ETH Zürich

The VSJF-Refugees Migration data are an excerpt of the VSJF-database hosted at the Archives of Contemporary History, ETH Zurich. The database contains data sets of refugees which have been registered by the “Association of Swiss Jewish Refugee Aid and Welfare Organisations” (Verband Schweizerischer Jüdischer Fürsorgen, VSJF), a private organisation for the aid to Jewish refugees founded 1925 and active to the present time.

The organisation was responsible for the aid for most Jewish refugees who entered Switzerland. However, some refugees did not claim for assistance because they had savings or could take employment (after World War II) they were not registered by the VSJF. At the beginning almost all costs of the aid were borne by private donations or partner organisations. Only after World War II, Swiss public authorities started to refund a significant part of the organisation's expenses.

Based on the historical archives of the VSJF with more than 12'000 files containing about 1.5 million pages of documents, the Archives of Contemporary History gathered data on around 20'000 mostly Jewish refugees who entered Switzerland between 1898 and end of 1975. In order to protect data privacy, 390 records of refugees who entered Switzerland after 31.12.1975 as well as all the dates of birth, professions and names have been either filtered or anonymized.

License: CC-BY-SA-3.0

Formats: CSV (Metadata), PDF (Description)

Data / Documentation: http://files.afz.ethz.ch/nicht_loeschen/AfZ_VSJF_Refugees_Migration.zip

Contact: via Contact Form or via email: afz@history.gess.ethz.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

Personnalités Vaudoises

Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire Lausanne BCUL

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Anne Cuneo at the Salon du Livre 2011 in Geneva. Photo: Rama, CC BY-SA, via Wikimedia Commons.

A rich database about people notable for special artistical and cultural merits for the Canton of Vaud “personnalités vaudoises” including detailed biographical information and many links of various nature. This data stems from the database originally designed in 2006 to celebrate the Rumine Palace centennial. The database can be browsed online via:

License: Public Domain

Formats: MySQL dump, CSV

Data / Documentation: http://platex-bcul.unil.ch/data/

Contact: http://www.bcu-lausanne.ch/contact/

Proper Names Authority Data

Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire Lausanne BCUL

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Card index. Photo: Momir Čavić, CC BY-SA, via Wikimedia Commons

Proper names authority data in linked data format. The collection includes data on persons, organisations, geographical places, publications. These authority records are curated by the BCUL and its partners in the RERO library network. They are used to index the documents in the library. Please note that this data is in a preliminary stage and therefore is deemed relatively crude by its providers.

License: Public Domain

Formats: RDF/XML

Data / Documentation: http://platex-bcul.unil.ch/data/

Contact: http://www.bcu-lausanne.ch/contact/

Swiss Photography Metadata

Büro für Fotografiegeschichte Bern

Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps, photographed from a balloon at about 4400 m above sea level. Photographer: Eduard Spelterini (1852-1931), Public Domain

Swiss Photography Metadata, collected by Büro für Fotografiegeschichte Bern. The database serves as a finding aid for photography collections and estates in Switzerland.

License: CC-0

Formats: json

Data / Documentation: API, documentation (in German)

Contact: info@foto-ch.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 list of historical monuments in the Canton of Zurich (Denkmalschutzobjekte).

License: Opendata.swiss Open use

Data: WMS / WFS / XLSX

Documentation: Geographical Information System of the Canton of Zurich / Opendata.swiss

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

Art in the Urban Space

City of Zurich - Office for Art in the Public Space

Zürich-Seefeld : Heureka sculpture by Jean Tinguely at Zürichhorn. Photo: Roland zh, CC BY-SA

The collection “art in the urban space” (German: Kunst im Stadtraum Kis) is an inventory of artworks that are owned by the city of Zurich and are publicly accessible. The Data is compiled from different lists of the municipal departments «Kunst im öffentlichen Raum» (“art in the public space”) and «Kunst und Bau» (“art and building”) and contains basic information on the artworks and the artists that created them. More information… (in German)

License: CC0

Format: CSV, JSON, shapefile, XLSX

Data / Documentation: https://data.stadt-zuerich.ch/dataset/kunst-im-stadtraum

Contact: opendata@zuerich.ch

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

Consortium ALOD (Swiss Federal Archives, Cantonal Archives of GE, BS, VS, NE and Municipality of Baden)

Système planétaire (photo: Aurdur), via flickr

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.

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)

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 / RDF

Data / Documentation: Dodis

Contact: dds@dodis.ch

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

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 (Open use. Must provide the source. Use for commercial purposes requires permission of the data owner)

Format: Shapefile (among others)

Data / Documentation: https://opendata.swiss/de/dataset?keywords_de=historischer-verkehrsweg

Contact: hans-peter.kistler@astra.admin.ch

Statistics on films and new releases screened in Switzerland 1995-2015 (STAT-TAB)

Federal Statistical Office FSO

The interior of the Piccadilly Cinema, above Piccadilly Arcade in Perth, Western Australia. Photo: Rob Chandler, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This statistics dataset shows the number of all films and new releases screened in Switzerland by country of origin and admissions. The numbers come from the Swiss Film and Cinema Statistics SSCin (in German) and are collected by ProCinema, reference period is the Cinema year (52 or 53 film weeks), catchment area is Switzerland. The survey excludes film festivals, open-air cinema, cinema clubs and adult cinemas.

The data is part of STAT-TAB. It's presented in data cubes with variables that can be interactively combined. The result of the request is shown in a table whose appearance can quickly and easily be changed by selecting different options. The tables can be personalized (choice of the variables, representation). The data can be exported through diverse standard formats and re-used locally.

License: opendata.swiss open use

Format: HTML table, XLSX, Tab-separated values (TSV), Semicolon delimited values

Data / Documentation: Data: www.pxweb.bfs.admin.ch / Usage: opendata.swiss / Documentation: www.bfs.admin.ch

Contact: poku@bfs.admin.ch

Metadata of the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland

Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz / Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse)

The Swiss Federal Charter of 1291. Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Different sets of meta-data are available concerning the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (HDS), such as article lists for different categories and languages, authority files linking HDS ID with GND and VIAF, Geocoding information for more than 5000 HDS articles, bibliographic data included in all the articles of the German version, cross-reference information, as well as information about the authors of all the articles of the HDS.

License: CC-0

Format: CSV; BEACON files for GND and VIAF

Data / Documentation: www.hls-dhs-dss.ch/opendata/

Contact: info@dhs.ch

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: historisches.museum@bs.ch

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

International Telecommunication Union History Portal Metadata

International Telecommunication Union

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International Telecommunication Union stamp by the Postal service of the USSR 1990 via Wikimedia Commons.

For a century and a half since 1865, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has been at the centre of advances in communications – from telegraphy through to the modern world of satellites, mobile phones and the Internet.

The story of ITU is one of international cooperation, among governments, private companies and other stakeholders. ITU’s activities generate a multitude of documents and publications: studies, decisions, treaties, regulations, statistics and much more.

This wealth of information is preserved by the ITU Library and Archives Service. In this dataset you'll find the metadata powering its web portal http://www.itu.int/history, the ITU's gateway to a wealth of information about its history and especially the conferences it organized.

License: CC0

Formats: CSV (data), XLSX (description)

Data / Documentation: https://datahub.io/dataset/itu

Contact: kristine.clara@itu.int

Bibliographic data of IUCN's publications and grey literature

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

Headquarters of the IUCN in Gland, Switzerland (2006). Photo: Erich Iseli, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

IUCN is the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with its headquarters in Gland, Switzerland (more information). The dataset contains bibliographic data of IUCN's publications and grey literature, which can also be found in the organization's online catalogue.

License: CC-0 Format: XML / CSV

Data/Documentation:

Contact: Daisy.Larios@iucn.org

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: https://datahub.io/dataset/swiss-open-cultural-data-hackathon-2016 (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

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 TreatmentBank

Plazi

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

The Plazi TreatmentBank 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

Book: Rolle and its former district

Gesellschaft für Schweizerische Kunstgeschichte GSK / Société d'histoire de l'art en Suisse SHAS / Società di storia dell' arte in Svizzera SSAS

Front de Rolle face au Leman, Stéphane Dewarrat, CC by-sa 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Society for Art History in Switzerland (German: Gesellschaft für Schweizerische Kunstgeschichte GSK, French: Société d'histoire de l'art en Suisse SHAS, Italian: Società di storia dell' arte in Svizzera SSAS) is a Swiss society dedicated to promoting the understanding of Swiss art history and particularly of Swiss topography of art, including the study and maintenance of Swiss cultural heritage sites.

The society publishes a wide range of monographies, guides and inventories. Best known among them are the series Art monuments of Switzerland (German: Kunstdenkmäler der Schweiz, French: Monuments d'art et d'histoire de la Suisse), which includes more than hundred volumes, the quarterly journal Kunst und Architektur in der Schweiz (French: Art + Architecture en Suisse) and a broad series of art guidebooks, the Swiss Heritage Guides.

Offered is volume VII by Paul Bissegger of the series Les monuments d’art et d’histoire du canton de Vaud. It covers Rolle and its former district (now part of the district of Nyon). The file is in the EPUB format, which means it's basically a ZIP archive that contains xHTML files, images and a CSS style sheet.

License: CC-BY (only text, for rights on images see book contents)

Format: EPUB (ZIP: xHTML, JPEG, CSS)

Data/Documentation: datahub.io

Contact: gsk@gsk.ch

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)

Bibliographic Data from Swiss libraries, archives and other institutions

Swissbib

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

With over 21 million records, swissbib offers access to the collections of more than 900 libraries, archives and other institutions from all regions of Switzerland under one interface. Included are books, journals, theses, e-books, digitised content, films, sheet music as well as sound records, photographs, slides, teaching materials, language courses, and much more. For further information: https://www.swissbib.ch/HelpPage/About_swissbib.

The content can be accessed using the swissbib SRU REST interface.

License: No known copyright

Format: MARCXML / Dublin Core / JSON

Data: SRU API for the swissbib repository

Contact: swissbib-ub@unibas.ch

Inventory of Research Libraries in Switzerland

Swissbib

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 / RDF/XML

Data: swissbib-libraries

Contact: swissbib-ub@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

Archive database of the Swiss Federal Archives

Swiss Federal Archives

Image: Partial DB model (only tables and fields visible on swiss-archives.ch) from documentation (01-ReadMe.xlsx) by Swiss Federal Archives, opendata.swiss open use

This collection contains the metadata of the fonds in the Swiss Federal Archives. Currently (29 january 2016) the metadata of 3.2 million files and 208000 documents are available online, including over 5300 thumbnails. The database continuously incorporates new data.

License: opendata.swiss open use

Format: MySQL dump of the database in a compressed archive (ZIP)

Data / Documentation: https://opendata.swiss/en/dataset/swiss-archives-archive-database-of-the-swiss-federal-archives

Contact: bundesarchiv@bar.admin.ch

Federal consultations 1960-1991

Swiss Federal Archives

Image: Excerpt of the Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation (German version)

This dataset contains metadata on consultation procedures completed between 1960 and 1991. In a consultation procedure, the Federal Council invites interested parties (e.g. political parties, associations, cantons or communes) to state their opinions on a federal proposal. The replies are assessed, evaluated and summarized in a report.

The list contains pointers to the holdings of the Swiss Federal Archives. It also links to the overview of consultation procedures completed since 1992, which is maintained online by the Federal Chancellery.

License: opendata.swiss open use

Format: CSV, ODS, PDF, XLSX

Data / Documentation: https://opendata.swiss/en/dataset/federal-consultations-1960-1991

Contact: bundesarchiv@bar.admin.ch

Fonds overview: Federal State since 1848

Swiss Federal Archives

Photo: Albert Bridge, CC by-sa 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The fonds overview of the Swiss Federal Archives’ database is a finding aid that guides users within the holdings of the Federal State since 1848 (main department E). It offers an easy starting point for a search for records on a specific topic.

License: opendata.swiss open use

Format: XML

Data / Documentation: https://opendata.swiss/en/dataset/fonds-overview-federal-state-since-1848

Contact: bundesarchiv@bar.admin.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). More…

License: CC BY-SA (images)

Format: TIFF / JPEG (images)

Data / Documentation: opendata.swiss / Wikimedia Commons

Contact: bundesarchiv@bar.admin.ch

State financial statements / federal budget: receipts and expenditure of the Confederation for the previous and following year (1848–2003)

Swiss Federal Archives

[Piggy Bank]. Photographer: Fabian Blank, CC0, via Unsplash

In the state financial statements, the Federal Council details the receipts of the federal administration for the previous year and accounts for its expenditure. The Federal Finance Administration (FFA) consolidates the annual financial statements of the departments and, based on them, compiles the report on the state financial statements. The statements are adopted by the Federal Council and forwarded in printed form to Parliament for approval. The Federal Council also lays the budget for the following year before the Federal Assembly. This is also prepared by the FFA. By this means, Parliament approves the planned expenses and total expenditure of the Confederation and takes note of the estimate of income and receipts. Further information and the most recent state financial statements can be found on the FFA website: http://www.efv.admin.ch/e.

License: Opendata.swiss Open use

Format: ZIP:SQL

Data/Documentation: opendata.swiss

Contact: bundesarchiv@bar.admin.ch

The Stapfer-Enquête: schooling in Switzerland 1799

Swiss Federal Archives

Some questions from the German version of the survey

Database containing the results of the Stapfer-Enquête: The Stapfer-Enquête (transcription, German version, French version) is a unique survey of the school situation in the Helvetic Republic dating from 1799. It was initiated by education minister Philipp Albert Stapfer (1766–1840). The authorities sent teachers a standardised questionnaire containing some 60 questions on the local situation, teaching, and personal and economic circumstances. The approximately 2,400 handwritten responses are held by the Swiss Federal Archives (Archiv der Helvetik, fonds B0#C.02.3.1). Between 2009 and 2015, a team from the University of Bern compiled a database of the Stapfer-Enquête which was then passed to the Federal Archives. This work is also documented on the website stapferenquete.ch.

License: Opendata.swiss Attribution

Format: MySQL dump

Data / Documentation: https://opendata.swiss/en/dataset/stapfer-enquete-schule-in-der-schweiz-1799

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: info@theeuropeanlibrary.org

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: graphische-sammlung@nb.admin.ch

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 (since 2016, a sample dataset in RDF format is also available)

Data/Documentation:

Contact: catref@nb.admin.ch

Swiss Theatre Metadata

Swiss Theatre Collection

Max Frisch and Friedrich Dürrenmatt in the “Kronenhalle” in Zürich. ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Image Archive. Photographer: Jack Metzger, CC by-sa 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Swiss theatre metadata gathered by the Swiss Theatre Collection contains information about ca. 55’000 professional theatre productions in Switzerland, mainly from the mid-20th century onwards.

License: CC0

Format: CSV

Data: datahub.io

Contact: info@theatersammlung.ch

Metadata of the Catalogue for Manuscripts and Archives HAN

Universitätsbibliothek Basel

Objects from HAN

The HAN network (Verbund Handschriften - Archive - Nachlässe) describes and catalogues hundreds of archives and collections from natural and juridical persons as well as thousands of medieval and early modern manuscripts, letters, notated music, photographs and objects, and makes them accessible to the general public. It includes objects from the Basel University Library, the Swiss Economic Archive, the Rorschach Archives and Collection, the Archive on the history of women in Switzerland, the Cantonal Libraries of St. Gall and Appenzell-Ausserrhoden, the Central Library of Solothurn, the Central- and University Library of Lucerne and last but not least the Abbey Library of St. Gall. The metadata are available as a EAD-XML-File, converted out of the original MARC21 bibliographic format and enriched with lots of persistent identifiers for persons, corporate bodies, conferences and geographical entities from the Integrated Authority File (GND).

License: cc-by-nc (metadata)

Formats: EAD-XML

Data: https://datahub.io/dataset/ub-unibas-han

Contact: beat.mattmann@unibas.ch

Basic descriptive bibliographic and usage data of Lucernense collections 17.-21. century

Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern

[Books]. Photographer: Drew Coffman, CC0, via Unsplash

The Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern is the cantonal and academic library of the canton of Lucerne and holds in its collections, among others, publications from and about the canton and central Switzerland. The publications (books, journals, music, electronic publications, and others) are catalogued and managed in a bibliographic database and made searchable and accessible through various search portals.

The Lucernence list is an abbreviated extract of 51'846 items' titles, enriched with basic usage information. It has been produced for planning purposes in connection with the restoration and restructuring of the main library building in Lucernce (planned 2017-2019). The list only contains physical media (mainly books, but also CD, DVD, journals). It is made accessible as a dedicated set to hackers on the occasion of the Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon. Together with other bibliographic data, the licence is open.

License: CC0

Format: TSV (tab-delimited text)

Data/Documentation: https://datahub.io/dataset/zhbluzern

Contact: oliver.schihin@zhbluzern.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: mario.schneider@zbsolothurn.ch

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