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Dokument Type: Article
metadata.dc.title: The Central Register of Foreigners
Title addition: a short history of early digitisation in the Swiss Federal Administration
Authors: Koller, Guido 
Institute: DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich 1187 "Medien der Kooperation" 
Free keywords: Switzerland, Federal government, Administration, Digitisation, Central Register of Foreigners
Dewey Decimal Classification: 302.23 Medien (Kommunikationsmittel), Medienwissenschaft
Issue Date: 2017
Publish Date: 2021
Journal: Media in action : interdisciplinary journal on cooperative media 
Source: Media in action : interdisciplinary journal on cooperative media ; 2017,1: Fundaments of digitisation. – ISSN 2567-9082, S. 81 – 92.
The modern Swiss Confederation was founded in 1848. Since then, government and administration have been constantly reorganised. One important, but little noticed change occurred between the 1960s and 1980s: the automation and standardisation of information management. This was an important requirement for taking “binding decisions” (Niklas Luhmann) in times of rapidly growing quantities of information. The paper examines the steps toward automation in the Swiss federal administration using the example of the Zentrales Ausländerregister (Central Register of Foreigners; ZAR) of the Eidgenössische Fremdenpolizei (Swiss Police for Foreigners). Its focus is on the ZAR and data processing as a means of operationalising administrative workflows, showing that data processing developed incrementally on a path that finally led to the digitisation of increasingly large parts of the administration. A generalisation of this example yields a historical model of the early stages of digitisation of public administrations that would ultimately lead to various forms of e-government.
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:467-18091
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