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04/20/2020

Strategy for the Collections and Archives of the ETH

The management of ETH Zurich has adopted a new "Collections and Archives Strategy 2021 to 2024". This marked the completion of a project lasting more than one year, which was supported by CHE Consult in cooperation with the foresight company Z_punkt. The project was commissioned by the Vice President for Infrastructure Prof. Dr. Ulrich Weidmann, who has now also been commissioned by the Executive Board of ETH Zurich to implement the strategy.

At the end of the project, Prof. Dr. Weidmann said: "The strategy that has been developed provides a guiding framework for action for the coming years and aims to make a significant contribution of the collections and archives to the success of the university as a whole. The support provided by CHE Consult and Z_punkt helped us to involve the various actors and stakeholders in a consensus-oriented and participatory manner. Through goal-oriented work in practicable formats, forward-looking and jointly supported solutions were created".

 

In the project, CHE Consult essentially planned and managed the project and stakeholder management, moderated various project groups, conducted extensive (online) surveys and advised on governance and outreach issues.

 

The collections and archives of the ETH Zurich include a good 20 institutions that own Swiss cultural assets and valuable research data. It is part of ETH Zurich's basic mission to maintain, secure and make publicly accessible these internationally significant and unique materials. The spectrum includes natural science and art history collections,
Archives and cultural-historical collections, the literary estates of Thomas Mann and Max Frisch, but also exhibition facilities as places of public art education and dialogue between science and society.

 

The designed strategy is based on the values and strategic development planning of ETH Zurich. Based on the vision and mission, the project formulated strategic principles for seven thematic areas, ranging from research, teaching and dialogue with the public to the development of the collection, the protection of cultural assets, as well as cross-cutting issues such as digital change and the topic of organisation and cooperation. Fields of action have been identified for each principle, which are to be implemented by means of measures that have also been identified.

 

In addition, measures were prioritised in each field of action and recommended for implementation in the form of projects. The focus is on promoting dialogue with the public and intensifying cooperation with the departments in research and teaching.

 

Principal Consultant Julia Klingemann emphasizes the high level of cooperation among those involved in the project: "The trust placed in us external consultants by the management and staff of the collections and archives was just as motivating as their commitment to their own individual concerns and the common goals for ETH Zurich as a whole".


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