projects - intro


(See separate page for earlier projects)

The NTNU University Library aims to offer modern library services, and there is always plenty of activity involving projects. The activities are related to the library’s 4 strategic areas of focus:

  • Research and publishing
  • Innovative education and innovative learning environments
  • Accessibility and digital content
  • Competence and organizational development


projects - projects

Ongoing projects


Research Data (2021-25)

The project aims to ensure that researchers and students at NTNU have the necessary tools, services and e-infrastructure to manage data in their research in a practical and secure way, as well as facilitating open and FAIR research.The project addresses safe and secure handling of research data throughout the data lifecycle: from collection, storage, analysis and processing, to archiving, deletion or publication.

In 2023, the project is working on solutions for digital interviews with confidential data, GDPR in student assignments, Git tools for version control, electronic lab journals and automatic transcription (through Whisper), among other things.

Research Data is part of the Digitalization Program at NTNU.

Project website: Research Data
Project leader: Ingrid Heggland

eCHOing ERASMUS+ project 2022-2024

Recovery of cultural heritage through higher education driven open innovation-eCHOing

eChoing is an Erasmus+ project organised to connect Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and Cultural Heritage Organisations (CHOs) through open innovation methods between staff and students. The project started in January 2022 and will end in June 2024 and NTNU UB is the coordinator of the project. Open innovation (OI) is a process in which a new idea, device, or method addresses a certain problem in a way that gives importance to an individual or group, with the help of modern technology. Openness, thus, offers an opportunity for citizens to get involved and serve a social purpose, by participating in digitally enhanced activities. Such activities include hacktivism (activism by means of hacking for a social purpose), maker movement (DIY technology-based inventions), citizen science (participation of citizens in a scientific research), and crowd initiatives (such as crowdfunding and crowdsourcing).

Its 6 Higher Education partners come from across 5 European countries, which include: Norway (NTNU), Italy (SA), Bulgaria (SU), Estonia (TARTU ULIKOOL), and Greece (OSYGY & Web2Learn). Each partner will be responsible for a specific task that will help ease the process of the project. All partners will host multiplier events as webinars and seminars open to all and all tasks assigned will have one common goal: the engagement of HEIs in promoting cultural heritage with sustainable practices and with the modern touch of technology and innovation.

With the participation of HEIs and small or medium-sized Culture Heritage Organizations (CHOs), such as universities, staff and students, local and national museums, cultural clubs and associations, local learning centers and libraries, and with the help of OI, we can create more contemporary, innovative, and sustainable teaching methods within a diverse culture that is socially responsible.

After analyzing and finding practices in which cultural heritage and CHOs are benefited through innovative projects, we can then provide the correct methods, tools, and teaching practices to HEIs, their staff, their students, and anyone who is willing to learn and grow. In that way, students will be able to enjoy and actively participate in developing their knowledge and professional skills, thus bettering their overall learning experience during the pandemic.

NTNU UB Leading institution. Coordinator: Alexandra Angeletaki, NTNU UB Trondheim
NTNU eCHOing team: Paula Rice Ass. Prof ved NTNU Ålesund, Inga Buset Langfeltd Research Librarian, NTNU UB Ålesund, Linda Katrin Myren Vada, economy advisor NTNU Ålesund
Twitter: @eCHOing_EU

Gerhard Schøning 300 years in 2022

This project is in collaboration with The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters.

In 2022, it is 300 years since historian and founder of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, Gerhard Schøning (1722-80), was born. NTNU and the University Library's collections and history dates back to Schøning and the Society. Schøning was principal at the Cathedral School 1751-65, founded the Society in 1760 and went on a trip around Norway at the King's expense 1773-75. He died in Copenhagen 1780 as National Archivist in Denmark-Norway. Together with several researchers from NTNU, NDR, UiO and UiT, the project will take a closer look at Schøning's significance for Trondheim, Trøndelag and Norway. A seminar, city walk and bus trip to Byneset in Trondheim will be arranged on May 3 and 4, 2022.

See the website, Gerhard Schøning, for programs, presentation of Schøning's significance for NTNU and the University Library, scientific work, as well as digitized maps and drawings.

Open Science Toolbox (2018-2020)

The goal is for the toolbox to support other academic libraries, of different sizes and with different needs as well as resources, to develop new services for Open Science in the library. This includes everything from basic information about Open Data that can be integrated with the library webpage, to more extensive documentation of information resources related to the research process, copyright and licensing, data curation and metadata. The focus is on meeting the immediate need of libraries in developing research support for research data management and documentation. In addition, it is desirable to further the development of the social mission of the academic libraries in making knowledge publicly available.

Project homepage: Open Science Toolbox
Project managers: Ingrid Heggland, Henrik Karlstrøm, Sølvi Karlsen, Rune Brandshaug, Linda Johansen og Endre Aas 

TREFF: towards a new platform for the University Library's library counter (2017-2019)

The aim of the project is to investigate the library counter at the NTNU University Library and identify, initiate and evaluate measures for further development. The project deals with the physical meeting with the student at the counter.

We have investigated what the students ask for at the library counter and how students and employees experience the counter service at the NTNU University Library. Data is collected in various ways; Mapping of inquiries at the counters, focus group and individual interviews, surveys and literature studies.

The project has received funding from the National Library. 

Final report (Norwegian only)
Steering committee: Karen Johanne Buset og Sølvi Karlsen
Project managers: Astrid Kilvik og Liv Inger Lamøy
Referents: Hans-Jørgen BerntsenUna ErsdalMona HolmenInga Buset LangfeldtInger LangøFrida Røsand og Astrid Sandvik 

ARK4: An interactive heritage library. (2014-2016)

ARK4 aims to convey content from archives using gaming technology to disseminate information. Using new and innovative technology the project delivers knowledge of the past to a wider and younger audience. ARK4 has launched its games for schoolchildren and university students and has established a digital gaming platform. The project investigates also on how games can support learning and is based on the knowledge and methods of museology and 'serious games'. Read more about the ARK4 project at the blog ARK4 - Digital Heritage Library Project.
Project report: ARK4 A Interactive Heritage Library, Phase 2, Part 1

Project manager: Alexandra Angeletaki

27 Apr 2023