Workshop

Help us to make open government data easily accessible to the Swiss population!

From sustainability and health to crime statistics and political data: around 6,250 datasets from 97 organisations are available to the public via the opendata.swiss portal – at least in theory. In practice, however, this wealth of information is only really accessible to a small section of the Swiss population; the IT skills required of users are too high – not to mention the effort involved. 

Yet, access to open and freely usable government data is an important element in promoting transparency, participation and innovation in all areas of society. So it is hardly surprising that the promotion of the use of data plays an important role in the Open Government Data Strategy.

Take part in our challenge and help us, the Federal Statistical Office and the CORSTAT community of interests to develop a solution that allows the Swiss population to make use of this extensive source of information as easily and intuitively as possible.

Virtual Hunt

The Challenge

To help you complete the challenge, the ZHAW will provide you with ValueNet, a natural language to SQL system, and CORSTAT will supply you with a database containing sample datasets. Your creativity will know no bounds:

  • Integrate other open government data sets and create sample queries to train ValueNet;
  • Help to improve the ValueNet algorithm;
  • Build a user interface. This could be a website, an app or a bot – or surprise us with a completely new approach that allows users to interact with open data.

You can also focus on one of these areas for the challenge. We are looking forward to seeing your solution!

Visit our GitHub page for more information on our challenge!


Our partners

Federal Statistical Office

The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) is Switzerland's national competence centre for official statistics. On 1 January 2021, as part of its mandate, the Office set up the Data Science Competence Center which, as a service provider, offers services in the field of data science within the Federal Administration. The FSO and the FOITT have already collaborated on several projects – for example, in the development of the I14Y Interoperability Platform as part of the National data management (NaDB) programme.

CORSTAT

CORSTAT is a community of interests of Switzerland's regional statistical offices and aims to promote public statistics at the regional level. In collaboration with the Federal Statistical Office, CORSTAT has commissioned the «StatBot.Swiss» project, which is intended to create the prerequisites for a nationwide statistics bot over a period of three years.

Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is one of Switzerland's leading universities and coordinator of the EU's INODE (Intelligent Open Data Exploration) project, which consists of a consortium of nine partners from all over Europe. The project has a budget of EUR 5.7 million and its aim is to analyse data using natural language dialogues – similar to the way we interact with people. This involves applying cutting-edge methods from artificial intelligence as well as established data science algorithms.


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