Sixth international conference “Semantic Web in libraries” comes to a successful close – conference videos and slides online

165 participants from 24 countries gathered in Bonn from 1 to 3 December 2014. Some of the international guests travelled from the USA, Canada, Kenia and Burundi to attend SWIB 2014.

Logo: SWIB14

Kiel/Hamburg/Cologne, 15 December 2014:
The sixth international conference “Semantic Web in Libraries” brought together 165 participants from 24 countries from 1 to 3 December 2014. The keynotes of Tom Grahame (BBC) and Eric Miller (Zepheira) proved one of the highlight of the event. The other was the five pre-conference workshops which had been booked up weeks before the conference started. 

In addition to the 165 participants who attended the five workshops, tutorials and numerous presentations, many interested viewers followed the conference via professional livestream. More than 2,600 #swib14 tweets were posted.  

Look back with us on SWIB – Semantic Web in Libraries 2014!  

The programme with links to slides and conference videos

The speakers

Press photos


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: #swib14  

About the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest information centre for economic literature. The institution holds more than 4 million volumes and enables access to millions of online documents in economics. In 2013 alone, 3.8 million digital full-texts were downloaded. In addition, the ZBW provides a fast-growing collection of Open Access documents. EconStor, the digital publication server, currently gives free access to more than 75,000 articles and working papers. EconBiz, the portal for international economic information, allows students and researchers to search among nine million datasets. The ZBW edits two journals in economic policy, Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics. The ZBW is a research-based academic library. Three professors and an international group of PhD candidates do transdisciplinary research on Science 2.0. Research at the ZBW is connected to international networks. The main co-operation partners are engaged in the Leibniz Research Network Science 2.0 and the EU project EEXCESS. The ZBW is a member of the Leibniz Association and a foundation under public law. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the ZBW was honoured for its innovative library work with the international LIBER Award for Library Innovation. In 2014, the ZBW received the “Library of the Year” award.  

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

The North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz) provides infrastructure services for libraries in North Rhine-Westphalia and 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 18 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.