Seventh international conference “Semantic Web in Libraries” concludes successfully – Conference videos and slides online

170 participants from 29 countries met in Hamburg from 23 to 25 November 2015 – Keynote speakers from Spain, Belgium and the USA – Pre-conference workshops sold out

Kiel/Hamburg/Cologne, 18 December 2015:
The seventh international conference “Semantic Web in Libraries” from 23 to 25 November 2015 brought together 170 participants from 29 countries. The highlights were the keynote talks given by Asunción Gómez Pérez (Madrid) and Ruben Verborgh (Ghent), and the five pre-conference workshops which sold out weeks in advance.  

170 participants from 29 countries mark a new visitor record for the SWIB. An interactive map shows the countries of origin. In addition to five workshops, tutorials and numerous presentations, there was a professional livestream which allowed many interested viewers to follow the conference.  

Look back with us on SWIB – Semantic Web in Libraries 2015!

The programme with links to slides and conference videos
The speakers
Press photos
SWIB Video Channel

About SWIB:

Since 2009, the ZBW and the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz) have organised the annual international conference “Semantic Web in Libraries”, SWIB for short. SWIB ( addresses topics such as Semantic Web, Linked Open Data and web-based scholarly communication in presentations, discussions and workshops both from a scientific and a practice-oriented viewpoint. Every year it invites high-level international speakers. Since 2012, the conference language has been English. Twitter: #swib15. Next year, SWIB will take place from 28 to 30 November 2016.  

About the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz)

The North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz) stands for knowledge, information and innovation within the library and information science community. It improves constantly on the stability and performance of existing systems. The hbz picks up on innovative trends and technical approaches and offers practical solutions. The union catalogue of the hbz contains almost 19 million bibliographic records and integrates the “North Rhine-Westphalian Bibliography” and all journals of the German Journals Database (ZDB). The hbz maintains DigiBib – The Digital Library, a service currently in use at 220 institutions in Germany.The hbz also offers consortial acquisition of electronic contents, DigiLink, DigiAuskunft, the Open Access platform Digital Peer Publishing (DiPP), library statistics, the library index BIX, Linked Open Data, digitisation, digital preservation, online interlibrary lending, the evaluation project Kuali OLE, the establishment of a OER world map, and document delivery services. The hbz also stores and curates digital objects of any kind, hosts and archives websites, undertakes digital preservation of electronic deposit copies and hosts university papers and document servers.  

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