Fellow projects may be related – but not restricted – to the following fields of exploration
- Research Data
- Artificial Augmentation
- Scientific Collaboration
- Scholarly Communication
- Cultural Heritage
- Educational Environments
One of the big challenges across researchers’ information cycle is dealing with the various stages when managing research data. Within this context, we support ideas and projects with the potential to contribute to practices, models, systems and tools reducing research data fragmentation and silos, increasing data consistency and enabling scientific data use by humans, algorithms and machines while protecting data privacy.
Artificial intelligence-based systems are on the rise and will have a growing influence on scientific work processes. A profound understanding of corresponding scientific needs will be key to the adjustment of existing library infrastructures and services as well as the building of new ones to allow for assistance through augmentation and automation. Therefore, the Lab aims at accelerating the identification of library related environments, use cases and processes where the combined strength of humans and machines can lead to an improved outcome.
Scientific output is – most of the time – generated collaboratively. We support ideas and projects that explore possible ways of building or contributing to non-commercial digital spaces for students, educators and researchers. These spaces offer the opportunity to interact with, create and give access to research objects and results or can serve as a showcase for individual results of work.
Currently, a high level of creativity and innovation regarding processes, tools and platforms for validation and dissemination of scientific knowledge can be observed. These developments are fueled by the latest technological progress, most prominently by distributed ledger technologies (such as blockchain), and continuously spark interdisciplinary discourses that libraries have started to join. The Lab aims at deepening this engagement of libraries at the juncture of information science and scholarly communication. It supports ideas and projects seeking to advance openness, fairness and efficiency within scholarly communication.
Preserving the past and present for the future is an ongoing endeavor that needs joint efforts from many players. Universities as owners of collections, archives and museums have a long tradition of taking on their responsibility to preserve and give access to research objects considered as cultural heritage. We support ideas and projects contributing to a wider use and impact of scientific collections, archives and museums for the benefit of future generations of researchers and society as a whole.
Due to technological progress, students’ learning environments and their related demands and expectations are increasingly diverse. On the one hand, the Lab promotes ideas and projects with the potential to form progressive solutions towards library-facilitated delivery and support for students working on campus, are home based or abroad. On the other hand, it supports general explorations on how information infrastructure and services will need to respond to changing pedagogical concepts and environments within higher education.