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Namespaces at the Swiss Confederation

In the Linked Data World, the use of namespaces help to organize the identifiers of subjects (data points) and predicates (the attributes). A well defined and organized common namespace for all public and also internal data on the level of the Swiss Confederation brings a variety of advantages:

  • A well constructed namespace results in stable and reliable IRI.
  • Stable IRI are important for reuse of the data in other projects and applications.
  • A well and logical organised namespace leads to the data being self-descriptive via namespace. This results in a reduced need for external documentation to discover the data.
  • A common contract on status and availability of data in certain namespaces can be defined and communicated.

The Standard I003 - Chapter 2.3.2 defines as the namespace for all Linked Data publications of the Swiss Confederation.

Anatomy of a Namespace

A namespace encompasses the sub-domains, domain and path. Usually the sub-domains and domains are defined by a common scheme, occasionally also the first levels of the path can be defined.


   -> Shared Core Entities for the Swiss Confederation
   -> Controlled Vocabularies shared for the Swiss Confederation -> Ontology specific to the Swiss Confederation -> Registers published through the Swiss Confederation -> Core entities for agriculture<name>/ -> Content, Datasets -> Controlled Vocabularies for agriculture -> dito -> dito -> dito -> dito -> dito -> dito

A new thematic sub-domain can be demanded by the Federal Chancellery as described in Standard I003 - Chapter 2.3.2.