Modified 14 January 2019 by Vicki Rayner


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Sardona, Foto: Thomas Kessler

UNESCO Sardona is a World Heritage site because of its unique geological formations. The Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona in the north-eastern part of the country covers a substantial mountainous area, which features seven peaks that rise above 3,000m and is a hugely significant natural phenomena.

The UNESCO team wanted a simple and efficient way to manage and share huge amounts of publicly funded, open access information about their famous World Heritage Site in Switzerland. They chose the G Suite project workspace tool Overdrive to set up a site to share data with local officials, tourist organisations, visitor centres, teachers, scientists, hikers and the media.

Whilst the website is maintained by the Sites Office, external scientists, educators and adventure planners all contribute to the site, which contains a huge variety of scientific and educational resources.

The Sites Office already used Google Drive to store and update data but using Overdrive meant that this information could be publicly shared as a website in a simple and user friendly way. Scientific and educational materials are now sorted and displayed by target group and topics and the site also serves as a Partnership and membership infopoint and incorporates a Registration Process for scientific work being conducted in the region.


We have a huge variety of data, from a large range of sources and need to share it with a wide variety of audiences, so Overdrive has basically solved our data management in a simple but flexible way.  We finally have all our public data easily accessible, in one central, updateable, safe place online because Google Drive and Overdrive work seamlessly together.  Thomas Buckingham. Project Leader, UNESCO Sardona 

Take a look at the UNESCO Overdrive site.