Collections and archives in the digital age


ETH Zurich makes its collections and archives available for research and teaching in a form that befits the digital age. To this end, it combines ETH Library’s skills in information science with the expertise of the collection owners in the departments in accordance with the "Strategy 2015–2020 (pdf, 54 kB) (external link)", which was passed by the Executive Board.


In the digital age, the duties of libraries, archives and collections are converging. The hallmark of user-oriented services is the spatially and temporally unlimited availability of digital objects with high-quality metadata.

The scientific community is currently re-discovering analogue research data in university collections. Its transformation into the digital age aids both research and teaching and paves the way for innovative questions.


ETH Library is ETH Zurich's competence centre for digitization, metadata and digital curation. It coordinates the maintenance and further development of research-relevant collections at ETH Zurich that are of cultural and science-historical importance. It especially performs this role as follows:  

  • Establishing a digital infrastructure for scientific object collections as a central service
  • Conducting broad-based indexing and digitization projects in cooperation with the collection owners with a view to improving accessibility significantly for research and teaching
  • Establishing attractive platforms for the general public
  • Offering advice while using the collections and archives for scientific marketing
  • Offering advice and implementing measures in the fields of preventive conservation and restoration within the scope of protecting cultural assets
  • Offering advice for the Executive Board in the continual improvement of the organisational structures for the administration and further development of the collections

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Dr. Stefan Wiederkehr
Head of Collections and Archives
+41 44 632 21 83

Stefan Wiederkehr