Valais / Wallis 2015 – The Idiap Research Institute wins one out of 13 “star-projects”

The project “Valais*Wallis Digital” proposed by the Idiap Research Institute seduces the jury of the Bicentenary of Valais’s entry into the Swiss Confederation ( and is amongst the 13 dossiers selected out of 204 by the Government of Valais to receive the title “star-project”.

During yesterday’s press conference in Sion, the President of the Canton, Mrs E. Waeber-Kalbermatten, proclaimed the project “Valais*Wallis Digital” of the Idiap Research Institute amongst the happy laureates of the call launched by the Valaisan Government in September 2012. In partnership with Migros Valais, the Academy of Contemporary Arts (EPAC), the Multimedia Library Valais as well as the Valaisan State Archives, Idiap’s ambitious project proposes to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Valais’ entry into the Swiss Confederation by digitalizing the collective memory of the “old country” and of its population by means of an Internet platform. A card game to be played en famille and distributed on a large scale will serve as vector and initiating element to the individual and collective (families, communes, schools, societies…) deposit of archive documents. The realization of the project will be encouraged by a financial support from the Canton.

Idiap is happy to take an active part in the commemoration of Valais’ entry into the Swiss Confederation through “Valais*Wallis Digital”, a project wishing to valorize history and traditions as well as to go beyond the celebrations of the year 2015 by making a lasting impact on the future of the Canton.

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