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In the web application, stories from swisstopo's history are translated into digital formats such as podcasts, videos and interactive maps. An annually-changing focus topic determines the content of the contributions; an agenda also provides information about past and upcoming events.

Current theme
Maps in the computer: Digitization at swisstopo, 1980-2000

Today, digital spatial data are the indispensable basis for countless applications. Between 1980 and 2000, swisstopo took decisive steps towards digitization. In the online exhibition, first-hand witnesses tell how the maps came into the computer.

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Theme 2022:
«The future begins at every moment» – The Digitization of the Federal Office of Topography 1960 – 1980

Today it is impossible to imagine geodata production without computers. This is a result of decades of effort: The origins of digitization at swisstopo go back to the 1960s. In our online exhibition, first-hand witnesses tell the story of how digitization started at swisstopo.

The picture shows an iron layer at work. In the background is the Gurten.
The construction work in Wabern near Bern lasted from 1938 to 1941.

Theme 2021: The House of Maps. The Topographical Service builds in times of crisis

In 1941, the Federal Topographical Service opened its headquarters in Wabern, near Bern. The change of location was closely linked to a major cartographic project: in 1935, the Federal Parliament had commissioned the Topographical Service to create the National Map Series. In order to carry out this important work, it seemed inevitable that the engineers' working space would have to be centralized and expanded, and optimally adapted to the demands of their work. Not an easy task in the midst of an economic crisis and in times of unemployment and war.

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Theme 2020: the 175th anniversary of the Dufour Map: “Map memories” web application

The production of the Dufour Map involved geodesists and topographers as well as countless assistants travelling all over Switzerland. We followed in their footsteps and recorded relevant points along with stories about the creation of the Dufour Map in an interactive web application.

Federal Office of Topography swisstopo Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern
+41 58 469 01 11


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Infodesk history

Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern

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