ETH E-Collection

Completed project

The beginnings

By launching the ETH E-Collection (external link) in the year 2001 the ETH-Bibliothek took up the challenge of contributing to active scholarly communication in the digital age. By establishing a new publication platform for grey literature, the library wanted to gain experience in a future-oriented field of activity and at the same time provide an innovative service to users.

The ETH E-Collection project was realised within the major strategic project ETH World (external link) and was completed at the end of 2003.

System renewal

In Spring 2007 the ETH-Bibliothek launched an ETH E-Collection development project. The aim of the project was a general improvement of the ETH E-Collection, the document server of the ETH Zurich, regarding functionality, technology, and appearance. The new system should fully conform to the standard requirements of a reliable document server. This project is one of the actions taken to implement the ICT-Strategy of the ETH Zürich.

For the system evaluation functional and operational factors had to be taken into account. The decision was made in favour of the open source systems Fez/Fedora.

With the launch of the improved ETH E-Collection the political statement of the ETH Zurich for
 Open Access (external link) to scientific information is realised.


October 2000:Doctoral theses of the ETH Zurich are made available online by the ETH-Bibliothek. This pilot project was realized before the start of ETH World.
August 2001:Start of the ETH E-Collection. First full text documents are stored on the document server and catalogued in the library catalogue NEBIS.
October 2003:Implementation of the OAI (external link) (Open Archives Initiative) protocol to ease metadata exchanges.
Beginning of 2004:Incorporation of the project into routine work processes.
March 2006:ETH Zurich signs the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities (pdf, 52 kB (link opens a new window)).
May 2007:System renewal: Kick-off for the ETH E-Collection III development project.
January 2008: The ETH E-Collection contains more than 10,000 documents.
Abstracts and full texts of all doctoral theses accepted between 1909 and 1950 available in the ETH E-Collection.
April 2008:Launch of the new system. As a result of the enhanced functionalities the ETH E-Collection is a modern, state of the art institutional repository.
July 2008:The Executive Board of the ETH Zurich adopts the Open Access Policy and confirms herewith their decision to actively realise the Open Access Concept.
February 2009:Abstracts of all doctoral theses written between 1951 and 1998 are available in the ETH E-Collection.

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