Linked Open Data about Springer Nature Conferences. The Story so Far

April 26, 2017
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Time: April 26, 2017- h. 11:30 am
Location: Room A221, Polo scientifico e tecnologico "Fabio Ferrari", Building Povo 1 - Povo (Trento)


Aliaksandr Birukou, Senior Editor, Computer Science in Springer


Despite many efforts for making data about scholarly publications available on the Web of Data, lots of information about academic conferences is still contained in (at best) free-text format. When available in a structured format, these data would provide an essential input for the decisions researchers, libraries, publishers, funding and evaluation bodies take every day. This talk will describe the project about having such data available as Linked Open Data (LOD) at for around 10,000 computer science conferences.  First we review the motivation for starting the portal, present the architecture and workflows designed to implement the portal. Second, we will describe the new features, such as information about conference peer review process and a novel semi-automated approach for classifying conference proceedings in Springer Nature. Finally, we will have a closer look at the lessons learnt from launching this portal and cover the broader perspective for the portal, including the CrossRef group on persistent IDs for conferences and other Linked Data projects in Springer Nature.

 About the Speaker

Dr. Aliaksandr Birukou is Senior Editor, Computer Science in Springer, where he leads a team publishing CS proceedings in CCIS, IFIP-AICT, LNICST, and LNCS series. He is a member of Springer plagiarism taskforce, stakeholder at SpringerLink (Springer’s digital library), and supervises development of the OCS – Springer conference management system. Aliaksandr spearheads the Conference Proceedings Linked Open Data project in Springer ( He actively contributes to the TD1306 COST Action “New frontiers of peer review” ( which is a network of 28 countries, including more than 60 scientists and three publishers (i.e., Elsevier, Springer and Wiley) that aims to promote data sharing on peer review and examine peer review practices in scholarly journals and conferences. He has a PhD in Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Trento, Italy (2009) and an MS degree with distinction in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus. See for the list of his publications, and past and current research interests.
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