May 20, 2022

More LOD! Springer Launches Linked Open Data Pilot

News today from Springer.

Springer has now opened selected metadata from conference publications, heeding the European Commission’s call for promoting open data. The term Linked Open Data (LOD) refers to structured, machine-readable data, which more and more researchers and librarians are now using in their work. Springer belongs to the vanguard of LOD providers and has assumed a leading role among those publishers offering semantically searchable data. More details on the platform can be found at, and an interactive graphic is available at

“By introducing this innovative service, Springer has considerably improved the visibility of its publications, authors and editors,” explains Markus Kaindl, LOD Project Manager at Springer.


The pilot project is a joint effort with the University of Mannheim in Germany (Data and Web Science Group) and Netwise. It currently involves open data on roughly 8,000 proceedings volumes from around 1,200 conference series, including Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). The data can be downloaded free of charge, and is connected to the LOD Cloud via the DLBP ID.

What’s Available (as of March 4, 2015)

1233 conference series and 7999 conference proceedings volumes are available; published in the following book series

LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
LNBIP (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing)
CCIS (Communications in Computer and Information Science)
IFIP-AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology)
LNICST (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering)

2261+ conference proceedings volumes from the above mentioned book series are in the pipeline and will be added to the sample later in 2015

Future Plans

The pilot group is now working to expand its current list of cooperation partners, which will include the Vienna University of Technology, providing data about members of conference program committees and the PEERE project, which provides additional information on the peer-review processes employed at different conferences. The data currently available focuses chiefly on computer science, with other fields to follow.

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