Communications

18. January 2017
Communication

Dodis on the World Stage at Davos

Handing over of the gift at the WEF in the afternoon of January 17, 2017. Photo: Damien Cottier.

On 17 January 2017, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter presented a book to the outgoing US-Secretary of State John Kerry as a farewell gift. This publication «‹If Neutral Switzerland Did not Exist, We Would Have Had to Invent It›. A Brief Selection of Documents on the Relations Between Switzerland, the United States and Cuba 1961–1971» is a special edition of Dodis-documents.

23. December 2016
Communication

«Harmony Must Dominate the World» – Neuer Band der Reihe «Quaderni di Dodis»

Im Fokus des soeben erschienen sechsten Bandes der Reihe «Quaderni di Dodis» stehen die Aktivitäten internationaler Organisationen im weiten Feld der Musik in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts. «Harmony must dominate the world». Mit diesem Motto rief der australische Friedensaktivist Alfred E. Evershed Mitte der 1930er Jahre alle musikalischen Menschen dazu auf, sich einer globalen Harmoniekampagne anzuschliessen und auf diese Weise einen Beitrag zum Frieden in der Welt zu leisten. Bis heute wird der Musik wie kaum einem anderen Kulturgut die Fähigkeit zugesprochen, Grenzen aller Art zu überwinden.

29. March 2016
Communication

The DDS' Analysis on the «Years of Terror»

The debate about a «secret deal» between federal councillor Graber and the PLO. Taking stock, in: SZG 66/1 (2016), S. 1–24.

The Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS) have analysed the question of Palestinian terrorism against targets in Switzerland in 1969/70 and its consequences as part of their regular research during the last few years. Consequently, numerous documents have been published in the database Dodis since 2012 (cf. A Guide to the «Years of Terror»).

 

16. November 2015
Communication

«SOS Biafra» – New volume in the series «Quaderni di Dodis»

The newly published fifth volume of the series «Quaderni di Dodis» centres on Switzerland's foreign relations in the context of the Nigerian civil war, 1967–1970. «SOS Biafra» was the International Committee of the Red Cross's appeal to the public, in May 1968, to support the relief mission in the secessionist area, which was completely isolated.

30. October 2015
Communication

Dodis-App 2.0 – Now available for iOS and Android

Dodis-App 2.0 – Jetzt für iOS und Android

Browse the Database with iOS and Android wherever and whenever you like: The Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland’s app allows you to access the database wherever and whenever you like. Available in four languages, the Dodis app enables a direct access both to the database and to the e-book series «Quaderni di Dodis», whilst also keeping you up to date with the DDS’s news and activities.

16. October 2015
Communication

Nachruf auf Beatrix Mesmer

Prof. em. Dr. Beatrix Mesmer (1931–2015)

Mit Betroffenheit hat die Forschungsgruppe der DDS vom kürzlichen Tod von Prof. em. Dr. Beatrix Mesmer erfahren. Als Professorin für Schweizer Geschichte an der Universität Bern und Präsidentin der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Geschichte hat sie die Entwicklung der historischen Wissenschaften in der Schweiz massgeblich geprägt.

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.

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...

5. May 2014
Communication

Swiss Foreign Policy, 1970–1972: New Volume Out Now!

«The attempt to establish a newer and more suitable type of conditions for cooperation requires a fertile imagination, as well as sufficient time». These were the words of Paul R. Jolles, Head of the Division of Trade, on the upcoming negotiations with the EEC. «The trickiest problem will no doubt be the organising of Switzerland’s institutional collaboration in the integration process»

18. December 2013
Communication

Dodis Reloaded

The decisive step towards «Dodis 2.0» has been taken: in its continual efforts to renew the database, the research group of the DDS has brought together its front and back end technologies. Whereas so far, users only perceived small changes, «Dodis Reloaded» represents a definite milestone for the work of the research group.

27. June 2013
Communication

Digital Humanities Summer School

The Digital Humanities Summer School in Switzerland took place for the first time in Berne from June 26th until June 29th. Over the course of these three days, over 100 delegates from more than 20 countries convened in order to discuss the newest trends in Digital Humanities, participate in numerous lectures and workshops, a “project slam,” and an “unconference.”

26. April 2013
Communication

Dodis 1.6 online!

The research group has come one step further in its continual updating of the Dodis database. Dodis 1.6 features a simplified 'search mask' as well as clearer and more precise entries to the database. In an effort to refine the look of Dodis, an icon for persons, organizations and geographical terms has been added: where already possible, a photo illustrates the names of figures of Swiss diplomacy

9. April 2013
Communication

Dodis goes Social Media

«Swiss Academia goes Social Media» is a project of Swissnex San Francisco. It aims to encourage the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter in Swiss universities and research centres. Within the context of this two-year project, a variety of online seminars, workshops and study trips to the Silicon Valley were organised

27. March 2013
Communication

Hommage au Professeur Jean-Claude Favez

Le groupe de recherche des DDS rend un hommage reconnaissant au Professeur Jean-Claude Favez qui vient de décéder après une longue maladie. Professeur à l’Université de Genève de 1969 à 2000, Jean-Claude Favez est l’auteur de nombreuses publications, notamment sur l’histoire de la politique extérieure suisse, sur le CICR et d’autres aspects essentiels de l’histoire contemporaine.

13. November 2012
Communication

And now a Dodis iPhone app!

The Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland’s brand new official app allows you to access the database wherever and whenever you like. Available in four languages, the Dodis app enables a direct access both to the database and to the e-book series «Quaderni di Dodis», whilst also keeping you up to date with the DDS’s news and activities. It is the first iPhone app in Switzerland to have been produced by a research project in contemporary history. What’s more, you can download it for free. The DDS hope you’ll enjoy it!

10. August 2012
Communication

Swiss Foreign Policy, 1967–1969: New Volume Out Now!

For the most part, Felix Schnyder was happy with his work in Washington. «In an otherwise excellent relationship between Switzerland and the U.S., the only problem to cause unfriendly and critical remarks is the business of Swiss banks under the banner of our bank secrecy», the Swiss ambassador reported to Berne in December 1967.

Bank Secrecy as a Political Issue

29. November 2011
Communication

Schweizer Aussenpolitik 1964 bis 1966 - der neue Band ist da!

In den repräsentativen Räumlichkeiten seiner Residenz in Moskau unterhielt sich der schweizerische Botschafter, August R. Lindt, im Dezember 1966 mit seinem nordkoreanischen Amtskollegen. «Ich empfing heute Botschafter Kim Ben Dik», schrieb Lindt nach Bern: «Er betrachtete sinnend das Glas Kirsch, das ich ihm kredenzt hatte, und sagte: ‹Dieses Getränk ist eben so rein und kristallklar wie die schweizerische Politik›» (Dok. 184, dodis.ch/31369).

«Heuchlerische Haltung der Schweiz»

29. November 2011
Communication

Dodis provides «quick responses»

The QR-Code («Quick Response») is globally on the rise. In Switzerland, the square, two-dimensional matrix consisting of black and white dots has become an increasingly frequent sight in logistics, the media and advertisments. Joining this trend, the Dodis-documents are now tagged with QR-Codes.

The cameras of mobile phones or computers can read and identify these codes on the documents and thereby provide direct acces to the corresponding online record on Dodis. The record holds all relevant information on the respective document: Source and analysis are thus directly linked!

25. October 2011
Communication

Dodis Plug-in for Firefox

We are constantly working on adjustments and innovations which facilitate the use of our resources. If you are using the browser Firefox, you can now install the Dodis-Plug-in. Go to our database and choose "Dodis Document Search" in the Firefox search field at the top right corner of the window. Now you can easily search Dodis through your browser window.

18. March 2010
Communication

Direct access to the sources in dodis.ch

The database Dodis now offers direct access to its content. Each entity in Dodis (documents, persons, organizations or geographic names) has a permalink (What is this?) allowing direct access to the information needed – with just one click, avoiding the ‘search-mask’. Thus, users have an efficient and quick instrument at their disposal, which also simplifies quoting sources from dodis.ch in their researches.

29. October 2009
Communication

Jean-François Bergier dies

On Thursday, October 29 2009, Jean-Fraçois Bergier has died at the age of 77. The historian, who specialized in economic and social history, was particularly known in connection with the independent commission of experts Switzerland – Second World War (ICE) which he chaired from 1996 until 2001. The professor in history at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich had been a member of the commission for the publication of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS) from 1979 until 1999.