SWIB23 - 15th Semantic Web in Libraries Conference
11 - 13 September (!) 2023, Berlin

Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline: 10 April 2023

SWIB conference (Semantic Web in Libraries) is an annual conference, being held for the 15th time. After three years of convening online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are happy to gather in-person once again - and for the first time in Berlin.

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 all 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, SWIB23 will be organized by ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz). The conference language is English.

For this SWIB rendition we will have more interactive formats in order to get the most out of participants coming together physically in one place. As usual, we will also have presentations and workshops/tutorials.

We appreciate proposals on the following or related topics:

Projects & Applications

    integration of LOD into productive library applications
    re-use of LOD (from libraries, Wikidata and other sources)
    presenting & visualizing LOD
    graphical user interfaces for interaction with LOD (e.g. editing or annotation)
    (other) applications in the context of open science

Technology & Tools (focus on Open Source software)

    data transformation/integration/cleansing/enhancement/mapping/interlinking/validation
    data flow management, read/write linked data, providing updates & syncing data sources
    machine learning applications in/for libraries
    integration of symbolic and subsymbolic approaches

Standards & Best Practices

    implementation of FAIR data principles, interoperability
    open web standards relevant for libraries, data models, usable APIs
    application profiles & provenance information
    working with controlled vocabularies & knowledge organization systems
    preservation, maintenance & sustainability


    decentralization, federated structures
    consolidating open source projects
    collaboration, crowdsourcing, community building and empowerment
    diversity sensitivity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

We are looking forward to receiving your proposals for presentations or workshops by 10 April 2023. Please submit an abstract of 1000-1500 characters using our conference system (available soon). If you intend to present a specific software solution, please include links to the source code repository and make sure it is openly licensed.

SWIB programme committee

Proposals will be reviewed by the programme committee:

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

Call for satellite events

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

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Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions:

Anna Kasprzik
Tel. +49-(0)40-42834425
E-mail: a.kasprzik(at)


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