INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Swiss Organisation for Geographic Information
Mission and Objectives: 
The Swiss Organisation for Geo-Information (SOGI) is the umbrella organisation for public and private institutions and individual members concerned with the promotion and handling of Geo-information in Switzerland SOGI is one of three responsible partners of, the Swiss initiative promoting the NSDI SOGI unites interested organisations to encourage the use of Geo-Information and their interdisciplinary application. SOGI promotes and supports: - The exchange of experience and the co-operation of its members in the branch of geo-information, mainly in the area of practical application - The interdisciplinary exchange of information in the use of modern information technology, mainly for the set-up and the operation of geo-information systems - The information on the importance, the advantage and the useful application of geo-information - The spreading and the use of geo-information in Switzerland - The use of powerful processing tools and methods for the management, the query and the distribution of geo-information - The use of standards for the development of geo-information applications, for the exchange of geo-information and the transfer between different systems - The education of producers and users of geo-information
Formal Mandate: 
National Government
Umbrella organisation for public and private institutions and individual members concerned with the promotion and handling of Geo-information in Switzerland
For achieving their aims SOGI: - Organises seminars and conferences - Operates working groups to deal with problems in the professional field - Works out technical recommendations - Disseminates information of common interest - Makes recommendations for the division and pricing of data and data exchange between members and third parties - Carries out projects of common interest - Edits publications - Participates in all activities, which promote the use of geographic information
A short selection of members: - Coordination of geographic information of Swiss Federal Administration (COGIS) - Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo) - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich & Lausanne - Swiss Engineering - Swiss Society of Geomatics and land management (geosuisse) - Geographical Institute of the University of Zurich - Conference of State Centres for Geodata Coordination and GIS (KKGEO) - Conference of the cantonal departements of survey (KKVA) - Swiss Society of Cartography (SGK) - Swiss Society of Photogrammetry, Image Analysis and Remote Sensing (SGPBF) - Swiss Society of Ingeneers and Architects (SIA) - Swiss Conference of Informatics (SIK) - Swiss Federal Statistical Office (BFS) - Swiss Association for Standardization, INB/TK 151 Survey and Geoinformation - Berit AG - C-Plan AG - ESRI Geoinformatik (Schweiz) AG - GEOCOM Informatik AG - infoGrips GmbH - Intergraph (Schweiz) AG - NIS AG - Swissphoto AG - Swisscom AG - Teleatlas Schweiz AG

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Societal Sector
    Coordination of use of spatial information between central government, regional./local government, public works, private sector, research and education
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Swiss National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI): contains the following components and is fully integrated with e-government: - Legal basis - Network (details see below) - Metadata - Basic Geoinformation - Basic Geoservices - Technical infrastructure - Standards - Education, Training - Research - Strategy for distribution and pricing e-geo ( is a Swiss federal (COGIS) initiative with following aims - encourage GIS activities that are interlinked - promoting the NSDI (Swiss National Spatial Data Infrastructure) - Partnerships and getting players on-board - all federal agencies, as well as the cantons and communities, economic enterprises and research institutes, which collect, manage, and work with geodata, are asked to support the common goals INTERLIS ( In 1991 "INTERLIS - A Data Exchange Mechanism for Land-Information-Systems" was first published. This mechanism consists of a conceptual description language and a transfer format which in particular takes into account spatially related data (shortly geodata), thus permitting compatibility among various systems and long-term availability, i.e. depositing in archives and documentation of data. INTERLIS allows co-operation between information systems, especially geographic information systems or land information systems. INTERLIS is a standard which has been especially composed in order to fulfil the requirements of modelling and the integration of geodata into contemporary and future geographic information systems. The current version is INTERLIS version 2 (english). INTERLIS version 1 remains a Swiss standard. With the usage of unified, documented geodata and the flexible exchange possibilities the following advantage may occur: - the standardized documentation - the compatible data exchange - the comprehensive integration of geodata e.g. from different data owners - the quality proofing - the long term data storage - the contract-proof security and the availability of the software INTERLIS version 2 comes with following key-features: Incremental update, system independent description of graphic representation, ISO-conformity (ISO19103) trough full compatibility with UML, complete object orientation, exact consistence constraints and XML as transfer format. Complete realisation of the requirements of the CSL ISO-project team. geocat ( the National discovery service for geographic information – based on distributed data and standardized data models (e.g. survey AV93/DM01, utilities SIA405, VSA-DSS). ( an implementation of NSDI – a regional discovery and ordering service for geographic information
    Environmental application domains
    see point 14/16
    Primary Business
    SOGI is, following their function as umbrella organisation, not restricted to a single sector of activities supported by GIS-applications. The members of SOGI cover with few exceptions the whole spectrum of INSPIRE Date Themes (see 14 )
    INSPIRE Data Themes