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
ld.admin.ch 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.
ld.admin.ch -> Shared Core Entities for the Swiss Confederation ld.admin.ch/vocabulary/ -> Controlled Vocabularies shared for the Swiss Confederation schema.ld.admin.ch -> Ontology specific to the Swiss Confederation register.ld.admin.ch -> Registers published through the Swiss Confederation agriculture.ld.admin.ch/ -> Core entities for agriculture agriculture.ld.admin.ch/<name>/ -> Content, Datasets agriculture.ld.admin.ch/vocabulary/ -> Controlled Vocabularies for agriculture finance.ld.admin.ch -> dito energy.ld.admin.ch -> dito environment.ld.admin.ch -> dito culture.ld.admin.ch -> dito geo.ld.admin.ch -> dito law.ld.admin.ch -> dito
A new thematic sub-domain can be demanded by the Federal Chancellery as described in Standard I003 - Chapter 2.3.2.