12th Semantic Web in Libraries Conference finished

This year's SWIB will be different: Due to Covid19-induced restrictions we will experiment with transfering the community encounters and exchange of a physical conference venue into the web. With an online conference free of charge and a schedule that should work for most time zones we open up SWIB for a broader audience.

We have set up an online environment completely based on open source software that does not only allow passive participation, but autonomous exchange between participants.

Taking into account the different time zones of the participants, we carry out the conference during the week of 23-27 November in the time from UTC 14:00 until 16:30.

SWIB focuses on Linked Open Data (LOD) in libraries and related organizations. It is well established as an event where IT staff, developers, librarians, and researchers from over the world meet and mingle and learn from each other. The topics of talks and workshops at SWIB revolve around opening data, linking data and creating tools and software for LOD production scenarios. These areas of focus are supplemented by presentations of research projects in applied sciences, industry applications, and LOD activities in other areas.

As usual, SWIB20 will be organized by the ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz). The conference language is English.

Would you like to share your experiences working on an interesting service, research topic or project not just what you did, but also how you did it?

For this SWIB rendition we adjusted the formats to the online environment:


We appreciate proposals on the following or related topics:

Projects & Applications

Technology (focus on Open Source software)

Standards & Best Practices

We are looking forward to receiving your proposals for presentations or workshops by 27 July 2020. Please submit an abstract of 1000-1500 characters using our conference system at https://www.conftool.org/swib20. If you intend to present a specific software solution please include links to the source code repository and make sure it is openly licensed (https://opensource.org/licenses).

Proposals will be reviewed by the SWIB programme committee:

  • Julia Beck (Frankfurt University Library)
  • Uldis Bojars (National Library of Latvia)
  • Valentine Charles (Europeana Foundation, Netherlands)
  • Huda Khan, (Cornell University Library, USA)
  • Niklas Lindström (National Library of Sweden)
  • Devika Madalli (Indian Statistical Institute)
  • Joachim Neubert (ZBW, Germany - Chair)
  • Adrian Pohl (hbz, Germany - Chair)
  • Dorothea Salo (UW-Madison, USA)
  • Jodi Schneider (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • MJ Suhonos (Ryerson University, Canada)
  • Osma Suominen (National Library of Finland)
  • Katherine Thornton (Yale University Library, USA)
  • Jakob Voß (GBV Common Library Network, Germany)


If you are interested in using the online conference infrastructure for a satellite event before or after the conference slot, let us know.

Website: http://swib.org/swib20
Hashtag: #swib20
Twitter: @swibcon

Take a look at previous SWIB conferences.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions:

Adrian Pohl
Tel. +49-(0)221-40075235
E-mail: swib(at)hbz-nrw.de


Joachim Neubert
Tel. +49-(0)40-42834462
E-mail: j.neubert(at)zbw.eu

SWIB Organizing Team
E-mail: swib(at)hbz-nrw.de



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Slides and videos are now online. You find them linked from the programme page.



740 registrations from 57 countries - 447 participants joined the SWIB conference chat in Mattermost.



Twelfth SWIB conference Semantic Web in Libraries completely on the Web, open for a wide audience.


SWIB20 23-27 November 2020

SWIB for the first time presented entirely on the web.