Annual Report 2014
TU Delft Library

We are living in a world in which constraints of time and place are becoming increasingly less relevant, in which we are in contact with the world 24/7. We exchange information at the touch of a button. In this connected global environment, fast access to knowledge and knowledge sharing are crucial.

It is our mission to connect and enrich research and education at TU Delft.




I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work.

Thomas Edison


The world in conversation about the trends of online education:

At TU Delft Library, the EDX Global Forum Event takes place. FutureEDU is a global forum for educators, thought leaders, instructional technologists, researchers, visionaries and innovators to share experiences on pedagogical research, blended learning and to explore emerging trends in online education.

The latest technological innovations and scientific discoveries:

DIG-it!, and that is also exactly the name of this impressive event. At TU Delft Library, over 80 research projects are demonstrated. Next to a fascinating exhibition, speed lectures are held by some of TU Delft's top researchers.

To the future with
evolution or revolution?

Innovation is in our DNA: we're organizing '3D Printing Week'. We demonstrate what possibilities 3D printing entails. Will we be printing our cars in the '10s by applying this technique?

Get ready for the Data Lab launch:

3TU.Datacentrum, where TU Delft Library is a part of, delivers an OpenEarth DataLab in 2014 to all parties involved in monitoring the Sand Motor the next couple of years. The Sand Motor is an innovative method for costal protection, carrying a high research value. The DataLab is an online environment where research data can be saved, processed and shared with other researchers. Researchers can make use of helpful tools and software whilst doing so.

Upgrading our brains:

Our Education Support Department is always looking for an optimal match between the wishes of teachers and students. In this context, we improved the instructions 'information skills' for several Bsc courses. The renewed layout, the different icons per activity and the modification between background information and quizzes holds the concentration.

Transparency is removing the mask and revealing who you really are; it is getting beyond the surface to what is really going on in your heart.

Kevin Martineau


In connection with
the TU Delft Society

Open Science remains a key focus, which we - as TU Delft Library - communicate about with the TU Delft Society. Open Science entails Open Access to Publications, Open Access to Data (together Open Research), Open ICT and Open Education.

Connecting the (technological) scientific world:

KP7-project FOSTER commences. Together with 12 other European partners we develop an online training program in the field of Open Access & Open Science.

Current scientific information is becoming clear(er):

We organise 'Generation Open', our 'Open Access Symposium'. Open Access aims to make a wide variety of current scientific information freely accessible. In 2014, the 40,000th Open Access publication is available.

We're achieving more milestones this year, though:

The institutional repository obtains the 1,5 millionth publication, the 10,000th thesis is uploaded and we have the 1 millionth student visitor for Collegerama. The number of Collegerama visitors increases by 33% annually.

To check or not to check:

Plagiarism and copyright screenings of TU Delft dissertations have always been hot items. Plagiarism is the appropriation of other people's material without giving proper credit. This year, we have made this one of our focus points by making all preparations to start plagiarism screenings for dissertations. These screenings will commence on 1 January 2015.

If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.

Thomas Jefferson


To infinity and beyond:

The intriguing number Pi has been keeping us occupied for years. Our exhibition 'Pi: the number' displays the history of Pi from 4000 BC until now. Exhibition maker Harry Hoek got fascinated by the number and made an interesting exhibition, that's being held at TU Delft Library.

Interacting with our PhD candidates:

For our nearly 2,500 PhD candidates we organise several events throughout the year, all with an interactive character. Our 'Human Library event' gives professors, lecturers, staff members, other PhD candidates, trainees or students of TU Delft a floor. They provide insight in their work and personal lives. Our Rector Magnificus always joins these inspirational events.

The New Human Being

DNA-printers, synthetic cells and live computer viruses: recent technological developments are breaking former boundaries between the artificial and natural world. Not only in the lab, but also in our bodies. Neuroscience, biotechnology and informatics can change and transform our lives. What will our future look like and how far away are we from 'the new human being'?

A new style for European architecture

At the request of the Faculty of Architecture a new repository was developed. This repository functions as a research environment for European architecture and urbanism that was realized in European colonies between 1850 and 1970. A wide variety of digitalized source material can be accessed: text documents, photos, films, maps and archives.

A closer look at sharing research data:

In September, 3TU.Datacentrum co-organized the 4th edition of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Conference. This leading conference on sharing research data welcomed more than 600 visitors and special guest speakers, such as Jos Engelen (NWO), Robert-Jan Smits (Director, DG Research, European Commission) and European Commissioner Neelie Kroes.