11. March 2015
Communication

Happy Birthday: Dodis turns 20!

How Dodis looked on the day the database went online in 1997.

Today, everyday life without the Internet is hardly conceivable. In 1995, however, not even half a percent of the world’s population was using the World Wide Web. Twenty years ago, on March 11, 1995, when the world was constituted in such a manner, the first document was integrated in the Dodis database. Thus, Dodis celebrates its 20th birthday today.

e-Dossier: The 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death

Winston Churchill with his daughter Mary after his famous speech at Zurich University on September 19th (dodis.ch/33386).

It was one of the greats of world politics who passed away 50 years ago, January 24th 1965, at the age of 90. Around the globe, the British war-time prime minister was commemorated, likewise in Switzerland: «Radio, television, and the press of our country have expressed the feeling of vivid gratitude of the whole of Switzerland to the deceased». (dodis.ch/31437, original in French) 

21. January 2015
Communication

Positive evaluation of the DDS

Commissioned by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS), the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS) were thoroughly evaluated by an external authority in 2014. The evaluation fully confirmed the positive developments of the last few years, especially attesting a «high frequency of book publishing», a «high quality» of the DDS products, «high standardization» and...

e-Dossier: 55 Jahre Gründung der EFTA

Vor 55 Jahren, am 4. Januar 1960 wurde durch die Unterzeichnung der Stockholmer Konvention die Europäische Freihandelsassoziation (EFTA) gegründet. In Kraft trat das Übereinkommen am 3. Mai 1960. Die Schweiz war neben Dänemark, Grossbritannien, Norwegen, Österreich, Portugal und Schweden eines der sieben Gründungsmitglieder. Ausschlaggebend für die Schaffung der EFTA waren das Nichtzustandekommen einer grossen Freihandelszone in Westeuropa und die Gründung der Europäischen Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft EWG in Rom 1957 gewesen.

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