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How a Triplestore can publish data of the Swiss lakes

The Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) uses a TripleStore database to publish environmental data on the Internet. This article shows which advantages such a technology can offer when building a network of environmental data. In collaboration with the Federal Archives (SFA), the FOEN has put a TripleStore into operation at and published the […]


Do citizens’ councils bring a democracy update for cantons and communes?

In many countries, participatory and deliberative approaches have been used in recent years to increase the direct involvement of citizens in political decision-making processes. Apart from a few pilot projects, Switzerland is still largely outside this trend. In this paper, two examples are given to illustrate how such approaches could complement existing democratic institutions at […]


Do we need a new mindset for Smart City & Living?

The planning of our built world must evolve to be climate compliant. The climate will dictate the building plan of the future. Concepts of sustainability and the circular economy will become decisive planning factors. The use of resources and energy will guide the building of the future. Technology development can only emerge successfully and sustainably […]


Energy and climate data in the canton of Bern presented on a new platform

BFH Business School makes data visible: The Digital Sustainability Lab of the Institute Public Sector Transformation has realised a platform for energy and climate data for the Canton of Bern. Energy and climate data from various sources are compiled and visualised on the platform. Information on emissions, traffic, type of heating and photovoltaic systems, among […]


The revolution of polymer trading: how Meraxis drives digital innovation across their ecosystem

Working sustainably with plastics and recycling – that is the goal of the Bern-based company Meraxis. Michael Grysczyk, Head of Digital and Disruptive Business at Meraxis, explains how he tackles digital and sustainable change together. In the interview, he talks about the importance of digital technologies for the business strategy and why a digitalised polymer […]