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SWIB 2020 : SWIB20 - Semantic Web in Libraries


When Nov 23, 2020 - Nov 27, 2020
Where on the web
Submission Deadline Jul 27, 2020
Categories    linked open data   libraries   semantic web

Call For Papers

Call for Proposals: SWIB20 online conference - 12th Semantic Web in Libraries Conference
23.11. - 27.11.2020, UTC 14:00-16:30
Submission Deadline: 27 July 2020

SWIB conference (Semantic Web in Libraries) is an annual conference, being held
for the 12th time.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we cannot be sure that travelling and meeting
face-to-face will be possible for everybody in the community by November. Therefore,
we have decided to hold SWIB20 within the scheduled timeframe not in Bonn, Germany,
but for the first time on the web. This will be an opportunity to participate from
all over the world at little or no cost.

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

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 - German National Library of
Economics / Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and the North
Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz). The conference language is

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:

- Presentations (20 minutes plus 5 q&a)
- Practical workshops or tutorials (maximum 120 min)

We appreciate proposals on the following or related topics:

Projects & Applications

* integration of LOD into productive library applications
* authorities & knowledge organization systems (thesauri, classifications, ontologies)
* re-use of LOD (from libraries, Wikidata and other sources)
* presenting & visualizing LOD
* end-user environments for interaction with LOD (e.g. editing or annotation)
* crowdsourcing/gamification approaches involving LOD sources
* linked research & open science

Technology (focus on Open Source software)

* semantically enhanced data publication
* machine learning for automatic indexing & named entity recognition
* data transformation/integration/cleansing/enhancement/mapping/interlinking
* RDF validation
* data flow management
* read/write linked data
* linked data & library systems

Standards & Best Practices

* open web standards relevant for libraries
* application profiles & provenance information
* usable APIs
* providing updates & syncing data sources
* preservation & sustainability
* open data licensing

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 If you intend to
present a specific software solution please include links to the source code
repository and make sure it is openly licensed

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.

Hashtag: #swib20
Twitter: @swibcon

Take a look at previous SWIB conferences at

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

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


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

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