17:15 Colloquium by ETH Library

ETH Zürich / Maximilian Warhanek

ETH Library’s 17:15 Colloquium offers a platform for further education, discussion and networking. Speakers from Switzerland and abroad present topics from their fields in information sciences, library practice, archiving and museums as well as related specialist areas. The formula is a 30-minute presentation + a 30-minute discussion + a subsequent drinks reception = inspiration for our daily working lives.

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.

Next events

Thursday, 27 September / 25 October / 29 November 2018. Further informationen follows.

Previous events


Dr Eva-Christina Edinger holds a doctorate in spatial and architectural sociology from the University of Constance. Her dissertation examined comparative case studies on libraries in Switzerland, Germany, Norway and Great Britain. She has been a speaker and lecturer in promoting scientific staff at the University of Zurich and a lecturer at the University of Constance and HTWG Constance in sociology, psychology and architecture for around ten years. More information on Spaces of Knowledge (external link)


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 them. However, it is disconcerting if, despite meticulous planning, the various spaces are not used in the manner intended – sometimes because it is not always clear to the users how they are supposed to behave and thus how the space was really supposed to be used.

The conflicting environment-behaviour-settings are presented based on data from a seven-year field study in various European university libraries.


Dr Noah Bubenhofer is a German linguist and interested in language as an indicator of social and cultural phenomena. He holds a degree in communication and media studies, German studies and sociology from the universities of Basel (external link) and Freiburg im Breisgau (external link), and has been running the "Visual Linguistics (external link)" project at the Institute of Computational Linguistics (external link) at the University of Zurich (external link) since March 2015. He also co-founded semtracks (external link), the Laboratory for Computer Based Meaning Research.


As text archives, libraries have always been at the heart of philological readings. In the wake of digitisation, they are seeking new roles between the poles of traditional philological text analysis and modern text mining.
It is no secret that digital data and intelligent algorithms facilitate fresh perspectives on text.

Methods borrowed from visual analytics uncover patterns and enable big data to be analysed in the first place. The reflections on the role of visualisations in linguistics within the Visual Linguistics project spark ideas on what roles libraries might take on in future. The speaker puts these considerations up for discussion.


Andreas von Guten is active in various walks of economic and political life. Given his background in the IT and media industry, he currently focuses on digitisation and its impact on society. He is a member of Digitale Gesellschaft, Digitale Allmend and the core group Task Force Urheberrechtsgesetz. Andreas von Gunten (external link) is also the author of the publication "Intellectual Property is Common Property".


In his talk, Andreas von Gunten essentially calls into question the existing copyright system.

He begins by observing that copyright is constantly being intensified worldwide. Opponents to this development frequently settle for being able to achieve merely a reduction of this intensification.

The speaker goes much further and observes that the existing copyright regime is not based in nature, but is rather the culmination of constant lobbying by a small group of stakeholders. In his talk, for instance, he examines the questions as to how plausible the reasons for copyright are and what a world without copyright might look like, before putting up his theories for discussion.

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Building LEE (external link)
Leonhardstrasse 21
8092 Zurich

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