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15.02.2018 Highlights of the first Thomas Mann Lecture

At the first Thomas Mann Lecture in December 2017, Professor Russell A. Berman (Stanford University) spoke on "Thomas Mann – Literature and Freedom". starting with the contrasting pair of artist-citizens Russel explores the question of how bourgeois society has to do with culture hereby flipped through Mann's complete oeuvre.

Experience the highlights of this first lecture online, or watch the complete lecture on the video portal of ETH Zurich.

Highlights of this first lecture
Complete lecture

14.02.2018 Letting knowledge flow freely

ETH Zurich's new Open Access policy (pdf, 101 kB) supports swissuniversities' (the Rectors' Conference of Swiss Higher Education Institutions) national Open Access strategy and incorporates central statements from the survey on Open Access conducted by ETH researchers in spring 2017. The Executive Board implemented the revised policy on 1 February 2018.

Its core statements are:

  • ETH Zurich is committed to ensuring that access to its researchers'’ knowledge is as unobstructed as possible.
  • ETH researchers should be able to publish freely and in compliance with the publication culture of their field. This applies above all to young researchers, who ETH Zurich particularly wants to support in developing their careers.
  • ETH Zurich encourages its researchers to also store their research findings in ETH's own Research Collection with free access, as long as this does not conflict with any legal constraints.
  • ETH also encourages its researchers to publish directly in open access journals, and will provide resources to offset the associated costs. ETH supports researchers’ critical participation in quality assurance bodies and on the editorial boards of open access journals.
  • If research funding institutions have open access requirements for publication, the ETH Library will provide advice for their implementation.

A further important aspect of ETH's new Open Access policy is that it will increase the public transparency of published research. Freely available knowledge enables greater replication of results. ETH’s Open Access policy therefore contributes to research integrity, something which is an absolute priority for the university. Our Open Access policy and the related individual advice offered by the ETH Library also help researchers to avoid untrustworthy publication platforms that have appeared as part of the increase in Open Access.

ETH Zurich's competence centre for Open Access is the ETH Library, which has made further information available on its website. The library's experts would be happy to provide advice and support regarding the implementation of the Open Access policy.

Please contact:

E-Publishing Office
+41 44 632 72 22

ETH Zurich's Open Access policy (pdf, 101 kB)
Information on legal aspects of self-archiving in the Research Collection

13.02.2017 sMapshot: The innovative georeferencing platform for images

In former times, there used to be no GPS. Now we need you to find the exact geographic location of historical images! Using the principle of crowdsourcing, you can use your local knowledge to help locate historical images. Find out in a playful way, where in Switzerland the aviation pioneer and Swissair founder Walter Mittelholzer has taken one or the other of the 12,000 images from the air.

Sign up for sMapshot today to be on the top of the list ... But beware: sMapshot is a tool with great addictive potential!


12.02.2018 17:15 Colloquium by ETH Library

At ETH Library's new 17:15 Colloquium, speakers from Switzerland and abroad give brief talks on topics from their fields. The colloquium offers a platform for further education and discussion on the subject matter presented, and ample opportunity for networking at the subsequent drinks reception. It takes place three times a semester at 17:15 on the last Thursday of the month and is geared towards colleagues from the library, archiving, collections and museum sector, as well as interested members of the public.

Dates for the first three 17:15 colloquia

  • Fully booked. 22 February 2018 – Questioning copyright (Andreas von Gunten): what are the consequences of copyright for our society and what might a society without copyright be like?
  • 22 March 2018 – Visualising and reading texts: linguistic reading in the digital age and the role of libraries (Noah Bubenhofer): the reflections on the role of visualisations in linguistics within the scope of the project Visual Linguistics spark ideas on what roles libraries might take on in the future.
  • 26 April 2018 – Could I, should I, must I? Contradictory environment behaviour settings in libraries (Eva-Christina Edinger): environment behaviour settings describe environmental situations based on the assumption that the urban environment leads us to behave in a certain way. In library interior design, endeavours are made to take advantage of these. Results from a seven-year field study.

Registration and further information

Registration and further information

12.02.2018 #lovedata18: We love data and we love data management

#lovedata18 – this stands for the Love Data Week from 12 to 16 February. How much ETH Library loves data, we tell in our newest story on Explora.

Read how ETH Library supports ETH Zurich's researchers manage and preserve their data. Here, the similarities to squirrels and elephants are bigger than you would think… curious?

Explora is ETH Library’s storytelling platform on anything to do with science and the key issues of our time.

Explore the newest story "We love data"!
More about the Love Data Week


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