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geo.admin.ch has won the 2nd place in the 2012 United Nations Public Service Award in the category of "Advancing Knowledge Management in Government". With its outstanding services as a public platform for geographical information, data and services it is of great use for the citizen in daily life. Geo.admin.ch's outstanding achievement has demonstrated excellence in serving the public interest and has made a significant contribution to the improvement of public administration in Switzerland. It serves as an inspiration and encouragement for others working for public service.
Most prestigious international recognition
The United Nations Public Service Awards is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide. The award was accepted in New York on the 25th of June 2012 under attendance of highest international UN members by a Swiss delegation, consisting of members of swisstopo, the Federal Geoinformation-center and E-Government Switzerland.
Through an annual competition, the UN Public Service Awards promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service.
A priorized project of eGovernment Switzerland
geo.admin.ch is a high priority project of the Swiss eGovernment program. The goal of eGovernment is to enable both businesses and citizens to carry out important transactions with the authorities electronically. The authorities in turn are called upon to modernize their business processes and communicate electronically with each other. The exchange of geodata is fostered by geo.admin.ch in a significant way.