About Beate Rajski

Fachreferentin. Digitale Dienste und Forschungsdaten

Zotero 5.0 finally arrived

Zotero Icon

Many of you probably know Zotero as a reference management tool. Yesterday version 5.0 was released. Most remarkably this will be the beginning of the end of Zotero as Firefox Add-on. During the next month users of the Firefox Add-on will be requested to migrate to the desktop version. But no need to worry. Zotero Connector will ensure easy browser integration for Firefox as well as for Chrome, Safari and Opera.

Get Zotero

What else will come aboard? “My Publications”: Easily build a list of works — articles, papers, books, etc. — that you’ve created and share them on your profile page on zotero.org. News feeds can be managed within Zotero. More can be found in the change log.


[tu:speak] Rooms for practicing German

New in Germany and then the new language? It is not always easy to find a room to practice by yourself. The library is offering two rooms [tu:speak] for practicing and learning languages.

These are intended primarily for participants in TUHH projects for refugees, “From Camp to Campus” (“integra”). Here you can actively build up your language skills with your headset on the PC. The rooms 1007 and 1008 on the upper floor are equipped with two PCs each. A valid library credit is required for the login.

Of course these rooms can also be used for other purposes, as long as nobody wants to learn German at the PC. But as soon as this changes, please make room.

Grundriss LS2 [tu: speak]


Further offers of the tub. for refugees.


Reference Mangament News

Citavi Version 5.5

Citavi is now available in version 5.5. In addition to small improvements and bug fixes, there is now also a new function to group the bibliography of a work according to your own aspects: Changes
Citavi 5.5 is already available for institutes via the software distribution service of the TU. In the Windows-Pools it stays until the winter semester with the version 5.4.

Citavi is still available only for Windows. This is to change this year, when the version 6 will add a web component.
And if you leave the TU Hamburg, but would like to use Citavi further: Citavi can be used freely if your project contains less than 101 titles. For larger projects, you can purchase a discounted license.

No EndNote Licences via Rechenzentrum

EndNote licenses for the desktop version can no longer be obtained from the Rechenzentrum.
The Online-Version EndNote Basic is still available to everyone. EndNote, by the way, has changed hands with Web of Science and now belongs to Clarivate Analytics.


Mendeley has overhauled its platform Mendeley.com in January. Unfortunately upgrades for team plans are no longer available. There are no plans right now to subscribe to Mendeley Institutional Edition.

And two more hints:

  1. For all those who use Mendeley and write their papers with MS Word from 2010 onwards: bibliographic data can now also be directly imported from the web library
  2. For all those who use Mendeley as an academic network: Since November Mendeley and ORCID profiles can be synchronized.

Zotero: Waiting for 5.0

The OpenSource Zotero software is about to update to version 5.0. This ends the Zotero era as a Firefox plugin. There will be only Zotero standalone. The changelog of the beta version shows which changes are still planned. It will surely be exciting again, which of the popular plugins will work in 5.0. Zotero Standalone is also available to institutes via the software distribution service of the computer center.

In the End

As always we point to our page on reference management in the end :-)


Fair Research Data

Data Sharing and Management Snafu in 3 Short Acts. NYU Health Sciences Library

TUHH is starting plan to set up its own institutional repository for research data. A topic that will accompany us – alongside all technology and workflows – is to make all data FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable.

FAIR Data Principles

One of the grand challenges of data-intensive science is to facilitate knowledge discovery by assisting humans and machines in their discovery of, access to, integration and analysis of, task-appropriate scientific data and their associated algorithms and workflows. A FAIR Data Publishing Group of FORCE11 has been discussing FAIR – a set of guiding principles to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable.

To be Findable:

F1. (meta)data are assigned a globally unique and eternally persistent identifier.
F2. data are described with rich metadata.
F3. (meta)data are registered or indexed in a searchable resource.
F4. metadata specify the data identifier.

To be Accessible:

A1  (meta)data are retrievable by their identifier using a standardized communications protocol.
A1.1 the protocol is open, free, and universally implementable.
A1.2 the protocol allows for an authentication and authorization procedure, where necessary.
A2 metadata are accessible, even when the data are no longer available.

To be Interoperable:

I1. (meta)data use a formal, accessible, shared, and broadly applicable language for knowledge representation.
I2. (meta)data use vocabularies that follow FAIR principles.
I3. (meta)data include qualified references to other (meta)data.

To be Re-usable:

R1. meta(data) have a plurality of accurate and relevant attributes.
R1.1. (meta)data are released with a clear and accessible data usage license.
R1.2. (meta)data are associated with their provenance.
R1.3. (meta)data meet domain-relevant community standards.

ORCID – One iD for every Researcher

ORCID, this name pops up more and more frequently. Many researchers at TUHH already have an ORCID iD, though not everybody probably knew what ORCID was good for when some service in research urged them to sign up. Therefore we now offer you a page with information on ORCID iDs. Also the following video does a good job in explaining  how ORCID helps you to connect yourself unambiguously with your research activities and publications.

One more issue: Even though there is a small profile page connected to your ORCID iD, ORCID is not yet another profile or a replacement for a community like e.g. ResearchGate. ORCID prefers to work in the background, quietly providing you with a persistent identifier to connect your research.

Just say שִׁבֹּלֶת

or more readable: Shibboleth. In biblical times though, it could have serious consequences, when pronounced the wrong way.

„Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.“ (Judges 12,6 KJV)

Times have changed. Meanwhile Shibboleth is also the name of an authentication service. It is well established for many years, both within the German Research Network as well as internationally. The computing center of the TUHH offers Shibboleth since beginning of 2016.

Shibboleth Logo

Why should you care?

Many publishers offer Shibboleth for external access additionally to campus network authentication .

How does it work?

If you, for example, are at home (without VPN) and would like to access an e-book on SpringerLink you can  “Log in via Shibboleth”. First select your home institution “TU Hamburg-Harburg”. This will automatically direct you to the login page of the computing center of the TUHH. After successful registration, you will be automatically directed back to the original page by Springer with access to all licensed content.

What’s the advantage?

The TUHH ID and password remains safe within TUHH. SpringerLink gets only two information: You belong to TUHH and you have registered with a valid password. Shibboleth also supports Single Sign On (SSO). So if you move on to another publisher page, for example, ScienceDirect by Elsevier, you will have immediate access to the licensed content. So with no additional software such as VPN installed you have access to protected resources from any computer, from any network.

Who can use Shibboleth?

Students and employees of TUHH are entitled for e-media use via Shibboleth. We are going to enable Shibboleth access as quickly as possible at the many providers of e-media. Progress is documented here..

Help needed?

We are happy to answer questions about e-media and Shibboleth. For problems with your TUHH please consult the Service Desk of the computing center.


So long Pay Machine

KassenautomatIt has been 18 years, since our pay machine started working in the library. Many coins and notes have entered its slit for various fees. But in its old days trouble started, when new Euro notes would not be accepted. So on March 1st the machine was taken out of service.

For the time being please pay your fees via debit card.

At the latest in April, there will be a new pay station. This will then accept both cash and debit cards. And it will be connected to our library system. So all fees can be paid at the machine without having to present again at the circulation desk the receipt for the payment.

The new pay machine will be installed starting April 18th.


Survey of scholarly communication tool usage

Are you using Google Scholar or rather Web of Science? Is Citavi your favorite tool for reference management or do you prefer Papers, Mendeley or Zotero? What is your favorite word processor? Your answers can help us to choose the right tools for your support.

TUHH participates in a “survey of scholarly communication tool usage” carried out by Utrecht University. We invite you to take part. It takes just 8-12 minutes to complete and you can opt to receive a characterization of your workflow compared to that of your peer group. By participating you will help increase the understanding of research workflows and eventually help improve efficiency of scholarly communication. You may even get new insights about your own workflow.

Start Survey

InnoScholComm Logo

The survey will run until February 10, 2016.Results will be published via on https://101innovations.wordpress.com/ or in publications linked to this site. Only rigorously anonymized data will be shared. Shared data will not be traceable to individuals.

p.s. If you not a member of TUHH, please start the survey here: https://innoscholcomm.typeform.com/to/Csvr7b?source=WP

Citavi 5 support PDF annontations

Citavi has released version 5 with many new features in April. Campus licence for TUHH is valid for Citavi 5 as well as for Citavi 4.
Das ist neu in Citavi 5
One thing has not changed though: Citavi has remained a proprietary programm which requires MS Windows. But if you are a Windows user you might enjoy the new features to read, annotate, and analyze full texts in PDF format:

  • Highlight important text passages in Citavi.
  • Link quotations and tasks to a specific place in the text, so you can quickly find a passage again when you begin writing your paper — from the Word Add-In as well.
  • It works the other way as well — directly display comments or tasks by clicking the place in the text they refer to.
  • Save tables and images from a PDF as image quotations.
  • Quickly add keywords to a reference by using the keywords in the PDF file.
  • Import highlights created with another PDF program (for example, on a tablet) so that you can work away from your laptop or desktop computer.
  • Export annotations into the PDF file, to make the information available to others or in order to work with the document on another device.

For questions regarding Citavi 5 please refer to the Citavi 5 manual or visit the Citavi Support Forum.

Photo: Citavi

Knowledge Transfer: Research Data Management at University of Leeds

LifelongJoints LogoTUHH, TuTech and partners are participating in the European research project “LifelongJoints” (LLJ) in the area of nano-materials aiming to improve the lifespan and performance of implants used for joint replacement. Research at TUHH ist done by Professor Michael M. Morlock at Institute of Biomechanics.

Correct management of research data (RDM) is important if LLJ is to achieve a smooth transition of the research work into potential products. LLJ is therefore implementing a Data Management Plan according to curation principles and H202 guidance. This work is being led by Dr. Graham Blyth at the University of Leeds. RDM and Open Data Management is something that UK universities have had to take on board somewhat ahead of their Continental European counterparts because it is a requirement of many UK funding bodies. Already in 2005 the UK Digital Curation Centre (DCC) was established, which has become a world-leading centre of expertise in digital information curation with a focus on building capacity, capability and skills for research data management across the UK’s higher education research community.

University of LeedsIn 2012/2013 the University of Leeds conducted the JISC funded “Leeds Research Data Management Pilot (RoaDMaP)”. Among other things this resulted into:

  • Research Data Management Policy for University of Leeds,
  • RDM case studies for different disciplines,
  • Evaluation of DMPonline by DCC,
  • Training programme for researchers and support stuff,
  • New institutional research data repository in April 2015,
  • Connecting all stakeholder in RDM including library, IT, research, legal, finance and ethics departments.


In cooperation with TuTech Leeds provided a learning opportunity for members of Hamburg University of Technology’s library staff to profit from University of Leeds experience. 21-22 April Beate Rajski and Martin Bilz who are responsible for digital services at TUHH visited Graham and his colleague Rachel Proudfoot at Leeds to share experiences. They were joined by Dr Angus Whyte of DCC. The meeting provided an opportunity to share lessons learned by LeedsRoaDMaP and discuss how these could be applied to TUHH RDM: LLJ supports transfer of knowledge on Open Data Management