In addition, “Skosmos” (https://labs.tib.eu/info/projekt/skosmos/) is a web-based tool that enables controlled vocabularies and thesauri from various domains to be published and searched. TIB’s Open Science Lab (LINK) takes the lead in this project.
Another exciting prototype, and the latest addition to the Labs, is the “TIB Data Manager” (https://labs.tib.eu/info/projekt/tib-data-manager/). This application, based on the data catalogue software CKAN (Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network), is a data management system for heterogeneous data collections featuring preview functions for different types of research data. For example, CAD data stored in the system can be visualised using integrated viewer components. The NOA service – a search engine for reusable scientific figures (https://labs.tib.eu/info/projekt/noa-suchmaschine-fuer-nachnutzbare-wissenschaftliche-abbildungen/) – being developed within a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), enables users to search for visual material from quality-assured Open Access journals.
By operating the TIB Labs, the library not only provides insight into its own research activities and projects, but also tests innovative technologies and services in collaboration with customers. What is the idea behind these activities?
The idea behind the TIB Labs is the so-called “Library Labs”. The idea itself is not new, and other major libraries such as the National Library of the Netherlands and ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics have already established their own digital “labs” to operate new, experimental services. The main reason for these labs is that libraries, in light of the digital transformation, are facing completely new challenges – but can also seize the opportunities arising from these developments: the increasing importance of research data and scientific software, the transformation towards Open Access and Open Science, and new digital ways of producing scientific work. Against this backdrop, libraries conduct their own research and development projects, and establish innovative information infrastructures and services for research and teahttps://www.tib.eu/ching. As such, they play a major role in promoting the transition to digital, open and sustainable science.
“Library Labs” can help support this transition process by opening up new spaces for experiments, stimulating innovation processes along the way. At the same time, they also promote the openness and transparency of their own research and development work, facilitating exchange and collaboration with stakeholders from science and research. And, last but not least, “Library Labs” enable users to be involved in the development of new services and infrastructures at an early stage of the process. In this way, TIB can try out new technologies together with its users, and identify new needs as soon as they arise. As such, “Library Labs” particularly serve as incubators for new library services and infrastructures.
Go to TIB Labs (verlinken auf: https://labs.tib.eu)