Every year, the international Open Access Week takes place at the end of October. Institutions around the world promote free access to scientific results. Open Access stands for worldwide free access to literature, free of charge, reusable and without technical or legal barriers.
Open for Climate Justice
The motto of this year’s Open Access Week is “Open for Climate Justice” – because addressing the climate crisis requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic, and disciplinary boundaries.
You are familiar with our library at the TU Hamburg. But do you also know the others? The Hamburg libraries in the German Library Association e.V. represent the diversity of library services in Hamburg. Most of them are open to the public and stand for information literacy, media education, reading promotion and enabling cultural and social participation for all citizens.
When the Executive Board of the TUHH publicly named Open Access as a strategic goal in March 2013, it was at the same time aware that this goal could only be achieved with concrete support. Therefore, an official OA Representative was appointed at the TUHH. Since then, this task has been performed by the director of the library.
This year, Open Access Week will take place from October 25 to 31, 2021. Under the motto „It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity“, institutions are promoting open access to scientific information with events and activities. TUHH is also participating with the support of the TU Library.
Open Policy der TUHH
Hamburg University of Technology is committed by Policy of Openness in Research and Teaching to quality, transparency, participation and international cooperation in research and teaching and to networking within the University and with partners in science, business and politics. It thereby embraces the vision of the university as a place for trans-disciplinary dialog where work on solutions to societal challenges and basic research take place in open exchange with work, testing and research being undertaken jointly.
Open Science is a culture change in scientific methodology and communication. It means that communication, networking and sharing information among scientists and between scientists and civil society can be shaped and promoted more openly and more effectively by means of digital tools. It is accompanied by the requirement to make access to scientific publications, research data and scientific software barrier-free from the financial, technical and legal perspectives. The aim of this is to improve scientific processes, to enhance transparency and ways to assure the quality of scientific work by improving the provision of information and to increase scientific transfer and innovation in business and society that is based on scientific findings
„I also believe that the shift to open science, meaning sharing our findings and scientific results openly according to the Fair principles, is a great advantage. Only if other researchers can access our results easily including measurement data and source code, they will easily reference our work and can openly discuss on improvements with us with our researchers.“
Andreas Timm-Giel, President TUHH
TUHH Research Data Policy
The sustainable preservation and provision of research data contributes to the traceability and quality of scientific work and opens up important connection possibilities for further research. For this reason, the Academic Senate of the TUHH adopted the Guidelines for Handling Research Data at the TU Hamburg in May 2021.
According to the FAIR principles, research data must be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. Responsible handling of research data throughout the entire life cycle is an indispensable part of good scientific practice. This has now been explicitly emphasized for the TUHH with its own research data policy.
Our program at the TU Hamburg
In addition to daily blog posts around the theme of Open Access Week 2021 and the topic of Open Access, the tub. is also offering two open office hours on Open Access this week. Further details can be found in the following schedule:
The DEAL contract with Wiley was extended for another year until December 31, 2022. There are no changes to the content of the contract.
The contract between the DEAL project and the Wiley publishing house offers all members of the TU Hamburg free access to Wiley journals. Journal articles submitted to Wiley by authors from the TU Hamburg can generally be published there in open access. This can be done either in pure open access journals ( Gold Open Access ) or as a separate release in a subscription journal ( Hybrid Open Access ): Projekt DEAL – John Wiley & Son Publish and Read Agreement. doi:10.17617/2.3027595.
We have compiled information on the publication and funding of OA articles at TUHH for you here: Publishing with Wiley
Due to nighttime curfew restrictions for Hamburg set today, the library will be open from 2-8 pm instead of 3-9 pm starting April 1.
Since March 2020, we have had to regularly adjust our opening hours and our on-site offerings. In doing so, we are following the regulations issued in Hamburg to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This will protect you and us. The details are specified in the so-called Eindämmungsverordnung. For example, at this time we cannot offer jobs because libraries are only allowed to be open for “lending”. This will be in effect at least until April 18. Therefore, as of April 1, we are reducing our opening hours and will not open until 2 pm instead of 9 am as before.
Opening hours from April 1, 2021:
Lending & Return
Information by Phone
Monday – Thursday
2 pm – 8 pm
9 am – 5 pm
2 pm – 8 pm
9 am – 5 pm
Sunday / Public Holiday
The library will be closed for Easter from Good Friday (April 2) to Easter Monday (April 5).
Please observe the following rules when you visit:
Prof. Andreas Timm-Giel, Acting President of TUHH, opens this year’s Open Access Week with a video statement in which he argues that science should be open and FAIR.
Hamburg Open Science started with the aim that research results and data from research institutions in Hamburg, which were created with funds from government research funding, should be freely accessible and easy to find. Open access to scientific knowledge and materials is fundamental in a networked world and shapes the science policy debate. National and international donors such as the European Commission, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation demand free access to research results and the long-term preservation of research data. With the Hamburg Open Science program, the Hamburg Senate enables universities to participate in current science policy developments and to actively shape the cultural change in science towards more transparency and openness. Continue reading →
Electronic media will be delivered to your home via e-mail.
The Hamburg State and University Library has adapted its services for the period of the corona pandemic. For all users* in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region it offers a “Virtual Walk-In” service for electronic media during CoVid-19.
TU members can also use this service if they have a Stabi library card, register online for a new Stabi library card, or place an order with a TUHH e-mail address.
Prof. Robert Zepf, Direktor der Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg: „In der jetzigen Situation ist die Aufgabe der Bibliotheken, verlässliche wissenschaftliche Informationen bereitzustellen, von besonderer Bedeutung. Die neuen Zugriffsmöglichkeiten auf unsere digitalen Ressourcen stellen sicher, dass die Hamburgerinnen und Hamburger trotz Schließung des Bibliotheksgebäudes Zugang zu diesem Wissen haben.“ (Press release BWFG, 30.03.2020)
Thanks to Stabi Hamburg and all colleagues involved!
Publish research data after project completion? Nowadays, the question is not so much whether but rather where. Because data also feels most comfortable in the right company. A domain-specific repository with similar data and a subject-specific system that corresponds to the standards of its own specialist community and guarantees permanent, standard-compliant storage, provision and processing: This is the optimum for your own research data.
However, this ideal subject repository does not exist for every research data set. There may also be important reasons against storing them outside your own institution.
Since 2019, the library has therefore provided an institutional repository for the publication of research data from the TU Hamburg: