By Just de Leeuwe

The TU Delft Repository has been in existence for 10 years. Beginning with the publication of a few dissertations, it has developed into the most prominent TU Delft outlet for displaying the university’s output to the world: dissertations, theses, books, speeches, video lectures, images and educational materials. Much has changed in 10 years. Open Access has been transformed from a lofty ideal to a business model for publishers, and the content of Open Access has been broadened to become Open Science, including teaching resources, open data and software as part of a larger whole.

During these last few weeks of 2014 we look back at these developments in 5 chapters.

In chapter 2: A welcome expansion through DARE.


The Digital Academic (DARE) was announced around this time as a welcome expansion to the online TU Delft dissertations.

This national programme ran from 2003 to 2006, and it was developed at the joint initiative of the Dutch universities, with the goal of improving the digital accessibility of research results. The Royal Library, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) also joined this unique collaborative project.  The project was coordinated by the SURF foundation, and the results were shared through DAREnet (which was later renamed NARCIS, the scientific platform of the KNAW). At that time, DARE was revolutionary, due to the joint national repository infrastructure that ensured the digital storage and accessibility of these publications accessible in digital form, made possible by an agreement with the Royal Library’s e-depot.

Frits van Oostrom launches Cream of Science/ Photo: Theo Koeten Photography

On 10 May 25, the president of KNAW, Frits van Oostrom, launched Keur der wetenschap/Cream of Science, including Spinoza winners, with full-text access whenever possible. The greatest advantage of DARE was that it allowed the partners to make agreements concerning a common language regarding metadata (Dublin Core), definitions of scientific content and coping with copyrights. It was not easy, due to differences in culture, but it developed into a unique collaboration that has received attention around the world. A festive celebration marking the milestone of 100,000 full-text publications in NARCIS took place at the Beurs van Berlage in January 2007. [i]

[i] As of November 2014, NARCIS contained 390,000 Open Access publications, with Wageningen as the university leader for full-text Open Access and TU Delft taking second place.