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