2015 truly is the «ultimate year of jubilees»: In April, the research group of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland celebrated the 20th anniversary of the data base Dodis and, on June 7, the research project of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland turned 40!
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.
On February 27 and 28, the first Cultural Hackathon of Switzerland was held at the Swiss National Library. The DDS are pleased with the interest in their data and would like to thank all who have participated in this project.
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...
On October 30, 2014 the launch of the latest volume of the Quaderni di Dodis, the academic journal of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland, will take place at the Federal Archives in Bern. The Historian Bernd Haunfelder publishes in volume 4 of the Quaderni di Dodis the political reporting of the Swiss representation in Vienna from 1938 to 1955.
«Storie della diplomazia svizzera» ist eine Serie, welche die Forschungsstelle der DDS zusammen mit Radiotelevisione Svizzera RSI realisiert hat. Die zehn Radiosendungen greifen zeitgeschichtliche Themen der nationalen und internationalen Politik auf und illustrieren diese mit Dokumenten aus der Online-Datenbank Dodis.
The who is who of world policy congregated: «the Geneva Conference gave us the opportunity to receive statesmen in Berne, I would never have thought we would welcome in the Federal Palace» thus concluded foreign minister Max Petitpierre in September 1954 to the diplomatic body.
«Alas! Do you think, that the Great Powers will fight each other because of this local question?» This was the reply the Undersecretary of State of the German Foreign ministry, Arthur Zimmermann, gave the Swiss envoy Alfred de Claparède on July 20, 1914 to the question of an eventual outbreak of the war.
Mit «Die Geschichte der Schweiz» erschien im April 2014 nach über dreissig Jahren ein neues Standardwerk zur Schweizergeschichte. Sacha Zala, Direktor der Forschungsgruppe der DDS, hat als Mitglied des Autor/innenkollektivs an der Entstehhung des Sammelbandes mitgewirkt.