ETH Library Idea Contests

Data Challenge: Idea Contest

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We are looking for your innovative spirit and creative input!

•   What uses cases result from data provided by ETH Library and its partners for your work and your research or teaching activities?
•   How can we optimise the range of data further for your needs?
•   How can the use of data be simplified and rendered more efficient?

Let yourself be inspired by our wide range of data. Examples are:

•   over 400,000 digitised images on E-Pics Image Archive Online, over 120,000 are in the public Domain
•   nearly 70'000 digitized rare books from the 15th to 20th century on e-rara.ch, documents published in or after 1830 can be searched in full text
•   vast quantities of metadata from the NEBIS library catalogue and other ETH Library platforms on our Search Portal search.library.ethz.ch
•   over 70,000 digitised manuscript materials on e-manuscripta.ch, now also with IIIF Integration
•   full texts from over 20,000 electronic journals and over 250,000 e-books from academic Publishers


Submit your ideas and win!

Enter the contest with your idea and win a voucher of your choice from the ETH Store, Projekt Neptun, SBB or from Swiss Book Vouchers worth up to 300 CHF.

Tell us about your idea! Describe your application scenario and explain in which form (e.g. format, kind of access, etc.) ETH Library should make data available to you.

We are looking for ideas from members of ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities. Likewise, we are addressing representatives of the open data community, media representatives, artists and interested members of the public.


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The moderators judge the ideas. The numbers of likes submitted during the idea submission phase are included in the evaluation. The top-rated ideas proceed to the next round.

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Jury voting

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The jury consisting of members of the library management and customer representatives selects the winners from the shortlist.

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Annoucement of winnig ideas

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These are the winning ideas!

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  1. MS94
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When searching a book online at ETH library, we often get several results. So, if there is an "online resource"-link visible then click here, then you are on the next page, and click here and there, until you finally reach the pdf. This can definitely be done in a more efficient way, like open the pdf directly after clicking "online resource", i.e. to get rid off the intermediary pages, such as: "Login with your institution" etc.

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Zunehmend entschlossen sind die Gedächtnisinstitutionen auf den Open-Data-Zug aufgesprungen und digitalisieren kulturelle und historische Metadaten und ganze Sammlungen. Immer mehr Galerien, Bibliotheken, Archive und Museen publizieren diese Daten unter offenen Lizenzen. Das allein aber reicht nicht: Die Daten bleiben weitgehend ungenutzt und von der Öffentlichkeit unbemerkt. Das Rezept für digitalhistorische Nachhaltigkeit: Gamificate! Immer mehr Gedächtnisinstitutionen, darunter auch die...

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