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During our fellowship we got the chance to experience the work of material scientists that develop the materials of the future. It intrigued us so much that we decided to build the online platform “Future of Materials” which gives you a unique insight into the materials that are likely to shape our future. Read on
As a Neuroscientist and ETH Library Lab Innovator Fellow, I had the chance to combine two worlds: citizen science and information ecosystems. Bringing both together, I developed a digital toolkit and interdisciplinary collaborative framework for mental health and well-being. As a part of this project I also explored how to transform libraries into hubs for the meeting of knowledge, digital resources, and first-hand experiences. Concretely, I imagine scientists, mental health communities, and students coming together in libraries for open collaborative science. Let me explain why and how this could work. Read on
The Feed4org app attempts to advance the scientific ecosystem by improving how feedback flows to and within the ETH Library. It is a fellowship project of the ETH Library Lab, and aims to contribute to the broader movement of transformative science. Read on
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In science and research, there is an increasingly strong need to create, collect, federate and process ever larger amounts of data. Alongside this rapid development due to the digitalisation of information environments in research, scientific libraries are seeking to adapt and reframe their roles. On the one hand, they strive to grow into facilitators of scientific knowledge work in all its facets. On the other hand, they look for ways to better leverage the power of scientific data for the collective good. But can libraries move fast enough to realise these roles? This blog article attempts to find answers to this question by investigating and presenting both the researchers’ and the libraries’ perspectives. Read on
ETH Library Lab came to life as a collaboration between the ETH Library and the library of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The lab encourages young talents to take creative approaches and experiment with fresh ideas for finding, accessing, using and sharing scientific information and knowledge. The first cohort of Innovator Fellows started their fellowship at the ETH Library Lab in March 2019. Since then sixteen fellows across twelve disciplines from eight different countries have been part of the program. In this blog post the members of its Advisory Board discuss the relevance of today’s libraries, the importance of letting think “outside of the box” and what the library of the future might look like. Read on
Transcriptiones - platform for transcriptions of non-digitized manuscripts
Unreadable handwritings are the crux of many historical manuscripts. Unfortunately, the time-consuming transcriptions of such documents – especially when they are not digitised – will normally not get published. Thus, they need to be accomplished again and again. And that is where our journey towards building digital infrastructure for hosting, accessing and sharing transcriptions began. Read on
Strategic Foresight
Predicting the future – along with building a perpetual motion machine, the quadrature of the circle, or finding a cup of good coffee in the university cafeteria – is one of the unsolved mysteries that have been bothering scientists over centuries. While most have given up on the latter three, a method called strategic foresight offers a serious scientific approach to the challenge of predicting the future, or at least limiting the possibilities to a set of plausible scenarios that organizations can prepare for. Read on
Pizzo Rotondo, Saint Gotthard Massif (Ticino/CH, image: Marco Lurati)
Have you ever wondered where your drinking water comes from when you open the faucet? Or who actually built the mountain pass that you drive on, when travelling from Zurich to Milan? These are just two examples for parts of our physical environment, which are in different ways essential for the functioning of our societies and economy. But it is not just the physical infrastructure, it is also the information infrastructure that enables our daily lives. Especially in education and research, electronic resources, digital tools and novel technologies have profoundly altered the way and the speed at which we acquire and share our knowledge. However, this infrastructure goes vastly unnoticed by most of us. Read on

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