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Jean-Frédéric Jauslin

He was born in 1954 at Le Locle (canton Neuchà¢tel) and studied mathematics and information technology at the University of Neuchà¢tel. After obtaining his PhD in Information Technology at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), he worked in the private sector as head of IT at an insurance company.

In 1990, he was made Director of the Swiss National Library. He initiated a fundamental reorganisation of the library's operating procedures, IT, collection conservation and protection. He also improved coordination with other libraries and specialised institutions at national and international level. In 2002, he became President of the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) which brings together the directors of over forty national libraries in Europe. Between 1995 and 2005 he was president of the MEMORIAV association, which has the aim of preserving Switzerland's audiovisual cultural heritage.

Since Jean-Frédéric Jauslin has been at the helm of the Federal Office of Culture, the Office has notched up a number of achievements. Under his stewardship, the Culture Promotion Act, which establishes for the first time a policy of coordinated support for culture at federal level, was prepared. He introduced changes to the way in which the Confederation's museums are managed. The Swiss National Museum was consequently granted independent legal status. Under the credo of promoting cultural diversity and supporting minorities, the Federal Office of Culture has conducted a policy of preserving national languages, which was validated by the adoption by parliament of the Languages Act. In the field of cinema and visual arts, the Office has put in place a policy of active promotion, which consists of national awards designed to heighten recognition and visibility of artistic creators at national level. In the field of cultural heritage, Switzerland has seen four new entries in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Lavaux, the Rhaetian railway, La Chaux-de-fonds - Le Locle and les Palaffites, a serial trans-national candidature led by Switzerland in collaboration with 5 Alpine countries at the heart of Europe.

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