• Broeder, D., Budroni, P., Degl’Innocenti, E., Le Franc, Y., Hugo, W., Jeffery, K., Weiland, C., Wittenburg, P., & Zwolf, C. M. (2021). SEMAF: A Proposal for a Flexible Semantic Mapping Framework (1.0). Zenodo.
  • Budroni, P. (2021). About Open Science and Autonomy of Science. Data Intelligence, 3(1), 52-63.
  • Suchenwirth, L. (2020). Sacherschließung in Zeiten von Corona - neue Herausforderungen und Chancen. Mitteilungen der Vereinigung österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare, 73(3-4), 496-503.
  • Bauer, B., & Budroni, P. (2020). Open Science: Paolo Budroni beantwortet 10 Fragen von Bruno Bauer zur Bedeutung von Forschungsdatenmanagement sowie zur Entwicklung der European Open Science Cloud. Mitteilungen der Vereinigung österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare, 73(2), 217-237.

Open Source

The Firefox extension was programmed by Leo Zachl and brings the following advantages:

  • easy transfer of TU Wien classification from the bibliographic record to the holdings
  • location can be assigned automatically during login based on the device's IP address
  • targeted search for records using lists of IDs (ISBNs, MMS IDs, Consortium IDs, barcodes)
  • display of number of loans in the item overview
  • automated modifications of holdings and items
  • automated filling of fields in new holdings and items (e.g. in theses)
  • printing of item slips where needed
  • direct link to items from the Metadata Editor
  • supports integration of your own bookmarklets

More information on the add-on, opens an external URL in a new window

Source code at GitLab, opens an external URL in a new window



Below you find a selection of projects, events and innovations that took place at TU Wien Bibliothek.

TU Wien Bibliothek Mission Statement

A participatory process of "shaping cooperation" over the course of nearly two years was successfully concluded with the approval of TU Wien Bibliothek's mission statement in June 2021. In externally and internally moderated workshops, the library's management team developed guiding principles of a mission statement that was subsequently worked out by the library team using the Lego Serious Play method, and finally put in writing.

The mission statement documents TU Wien Bibliothek's commitment to opening doors to knowledge for everyone and connecting people and science. The complete text of the mission statement is published on the library website. On 29 June 2021, the mission statement was adopted in the presence of VR Josef Eberhardsteiner.

TU Wien Bibliothek contributes its expertise to national and international projects

With a coordinating role in setting up the Austrian EOSC Mandated Organisation and the EOSC Support Office Austria, TU Wien Bibliothek is supporting the most important infrastructure initiative of the European Commission on the national level. At the beginning of July 2021, the consensual agreement of this Austrian initiative is to be concluded and in October 2021, the first general assembly will be held.

In July 2021, Paolo Budroni, chair of e-IRG and head of TU Wien Bibliothek's new service unit "EOSC and International Liaison Office", will take up his role as a member of the CLARIN Scientific Advisory Board, opens an external URL in a new window for the next three years.

In May 2021, two workshops on the "future of <digital> universities 2035" took place at Danube University Krems at the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. A panel of national and international high-level experts, including two representatives of TU Wien Bibliothek, were invited to discuss the influence of digitisation on university teaching, research, organisation and on the third mission of universities. The results will provide a basis for the ministry's future strategy.


Expansion of the library’s bibliometric services

The library offers a diverse portfolio in the context of bibliometrics to TU Wien’s faculties, institutes, and individual scientists: At the faculty level, the Service Group for Scientometrics and Data Visualisation creates reports on applicants’ research and publication activities within appointment procedures. Institutes are provided with scientometric analyses to support the establishment of international cooperation and strategic partnerships. Individual researchers benefit from training and advice on publication strategies (e.g. media for publication, increasing visibility, author profiles). Last but not least, the monitoring of metadata in research databases and any corrections contribute to better ranking results of TU Wien. A data visualisation engineer will join the team from July 2021 onwards to expand the library’s data visualisation services.

English proofreading and editing support for doctoral students

The new "Editing service for doctoral students of TU Wien", launched in March 2021 by the library, aims to support young scientists at the beginning of their careers by increasing the acceptance rate of journal articles or conference papers. The service is open to doctoral students of all faculties. The students benefit from the library's advice on special topics such as authorship, CC licences and predictive publishing. English-language manuscripts are reviewed by ENAGO Editing Services and IATUL Academic Translation and Editing Service. The library has concluded agreements with both service providers to reduce editing and proofreading prices for TU Wien members.

Horizon 2020 project CO-VERSATILE

CO-VERSATILE is an answer to an EU-initiated funding programme for COVID-19 urgent action. The project brings together 21 partners from Europe and Israel. The manufacturing sector should be able to react quickly and appropriately to health crises in the future. TU Wien Bibliothek leads work package 6 - Data Management, GDPR, IPR and Ethics, ensuring efficient implementation of data management in the project. This task is in accordance with the TU Wien Policy for Research Data Management, which recognises the long-term value of research data for research, academia and industry, and the potential for broad public re-use. The proper handling of legal and ethical aspects will also be a main contribution to the CO-VERSATILE project. The project will run until November 2022.

The library as third place: Multimedia programme at the Austrian literature festival

In October 2020, the literature festival "Österreich liest" took place at TU Wien Bibliothek despite the challenges caused by Covid-19. The multimedia exhibition "Digital Art Hub Austria-China. A Touch of Purple and Gold. Science Meets Art in the Library" was shown in cooperation with the Viennese artist Barbara Salaun and opened with a lecture by Alexandra Harrer. In addition, Uwe Wössner and Fabian Dembski (High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart) presented an interdisciplinary research project on the 3D reconstruction of the Octagon in Ephesus in the library's temporary data visualisation lab. Analogue and digital data were interrelated to each other in physical space and made immersive. Augmented and virtual reality gave the library as third place an entirely new dimension in terms of access to scientific knowledge and knowledge transfer.

Expanded range of courses and workshops offered by TU Wien Bibliothek

For the first time, the library offers three courses on scientific work within TU Wien's Transferable Skills Catalogue. Bachelor's and Master's students practice basic skills such as searching, citing and writing. The focus for doctoral students is on publishing and disseminating research output as well as data visualisation. In addition, workshops on research assessment, academic profiles curation and self-archiving are regularly offered for (junior) researchers. For institutes and research groups, tailor-made courses are available by arrangement.

Furthermore, the following successful national and international events took place this quarter: e-IRG-Workshop under German Presidency, Focus on Open Science, Virtual Round Tables as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Week, and the ORCID Austria Tech-Workshop, opens an external URL in a new window.

Library as a partner for DOI registration

TU Wien Bibliothek acts as a central point of contact for all TU Wien members aiming to make their scientific results findable and citable in the long term. The library assigns DOIs for documents in reposiTUm, the TU Wien Academic Press publications, the “Journal for Facility Management”, the Journal “The Public Sector”, and other technical systems that meet the requirements of the Rectorate´s directive. For other Austrian universities, research and funding institutions, and non-profit organisations, TU Wien Bibliothek operates the DOI-Service Austria, to which 13 institutions now belong.

Go-live of reposiTUm in a new software environment

On 3 September 2020, the library relaunched the open access platform reposiTUm. Before that, it had successfully migrated the data from the previous software application Visual Library to the open source software DSpace. The import started on 27 June and ran 81 hours for 14,931 data records. New functionalities and a new design were developed in close cooperation with Campus Software Development.

Strong commitment to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is currently the most important initiative of the European Commission concerning European digital infrastructures. It pursues the goal of connecting science and society more closely to solve societal challenges. Being Austria's oldest technical university, Vice Rector Josef Eberhardsteiner applied for TU Wien's membership in the EOSC Association following a corresponding decision by the Rectorate. The library, represented by Beate Guba and Paolo Budroni, took care of co-shaping the governance of the recently founded EOSC Association through participating in the EOSC Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) open consultation and contributing to the Bylaws Group.

“Education Landscape on the Move” focused on library buildings

In the summer term 2020, the courses “Education Landscape on the Move” were dedicated to the library as a place of learning and, in particular, to the TU Wien main library building. Due to Covid-19, the contents had to be adapted and changed to distance learning. The sudden closure of the library was one of the topics. “I spent so much time there last semester that I could have easily registered my second home there. It is exactly this place that has been taken away from me now. In this place, all my concentration, motivation and creativity is concentrated,” said one student. Among a diverse mix of methods, the students interviewed library staff about their activities. They are going to present the results of this qualitative study in September. The virtual lecture series “Free Space Art” was organised in cooperation with the library and featured experts from architecture, cognitive science and library science: Daniel Bammer (AT), Gareth Griffiths (FIN), Jef van den Putte (NL), Markus Peschl (AT), Anna Maria Tammaro (ITA). The lectures offered fascinating insights and interesting discussions.

Relaunch of the library website and CatalogPlus

On 30 June 2020, the new website of TU Wien Bibliothek went online, presenting the library as a broad-based, future-oriented partner in the university and scientific community. Language, style and visual language are characterised by consistent principles and support user orientation. The navigation addresses the user groups as well as crucial university and library strategy aspects. At the same time, we relaunched CatalogPlus to make the literature search even more intuitive and optimise it for mobile devices. In addition to the library's printed and digital holdings, one can find numerous open access full texts on TU Wien's main research areas in CatalogPlus.

International knowledge exchange

A study with recommendations for TU Wien Academic Press was carried out by KU Research and UCL Press. In this study, dissemination systems and platforms from Amazon to Google Scholar and OAPEN to databases such as Scopus were evaluated. A targeted selection based on this will be implemented step by step to make TU Wien Academic Press publications even more visible and findable internationally.

In addition, the library was a popular contact point for colleagues from abroad: Dr Gavin Boyce, head of the Faculty of Engagement and Partnership at the Western Bank Library of the University of Sheffield, sought exchange regarding research data. Thomas Eichenberger, a member of the Head Office of the ETH Library, was interested in the strategic orientation of TU Wien Bibliothek and its activities in the field of Open Science. A high-level delegation from the University and State Library of Münster and the University and City Library of Cologne visited our library to learn from our best practices in implementing the cloud-based library software Alma.