Contracts provides Swiss universities with geodata requiring a licence from various data owners (federal agencies, cantons). This means that all the necessary contracts with and the data owners must be signed before access to the services on offer is possible. The central contact person for all legal matters is the office.

Association contract with

Partner institutions conclude with, represented by ETH Zurich, an association contract governing both contracting parties’ services and obligations. Within the framework of the operating phase being promoted by swissuniversities until the end of 2018, such contract must be concluded and enables simple access to the service while ensuring legal certainty.

Data use agreements with data owners

Data use agreements must be signed with the data owners of the datasets made available on Such agreements define the handling the geodata made available and the conditions of use defined by the data owners. Licensing contracts already existing (e.g. school licences with swisstopo) remain valid. The office coordinates all administrative aspects between the data owners and the partner institutions.

Terms of use

The terms of use comprise the rules defined in the data user agreements and must be confirmed by end users (students and staff of the partner institutions) whenever services are used by way of authentication.

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