Mini-ELAG : The Videos!

The Mini-ELAG conference in October 2020 was a great succes with more than 100 online participants. We enjoyed your participation in this online meeting and welcome any feedback you might have about this e-conference! Please find in the link below the videos for all the presentations:

Mini-ELAG : Program

Where: Microsoft Teams
Date: October 20, 2020 14:00 – 16:00 CEST

Registration has ended 🙂

We got a program for the Mini-ELAG next month! Join us on Microsoft Teams and learn what our ELAG presenters have been doing the last months. This Mini-ELAG will be filled with 5 to 10 minute lightning talks and is free for registered participants.


Collections as Data and Juypter Notebooks: experimenting in Library Labs

Sally Chambers, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Ghent University, Belgium, Julie M. Birkholz, KBR, Royal Library of Belgium’s Digital Research Lab & Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Ghent University, Belgium and Gustavo Candela, Department of Software and Computing Systems, University of Alicante, Spain

The international GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) Labs Community [1] was established in September 2018 following a “Building Library Labs’’ workshop organised by the BL Labs team at the British Library [2]. This initial event led to a second workshop at the Royal Library of Denmark in Copenhagen in March 2019 [3] which in turn inspired a Book Sprint in Doha, Qatar to write the hands-on guide “Open a GLAM Lab” [4]. Such activities have been catalysts for other Labs activities in a range of libraries, including the establishment of the KBR Digital Research Lab [5], a long-term collaboration between KBR – Royal Library of Belgium and the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Ghent University, Belgium to facilitate text and data mining research on KBR’s digitised and born-digital collections; the emerging DATA-KBR-BE open data platform, facilitating data-level access to KBR Collections and inspired by the North American ‘Collections as Data’ initiative [6], as well as the development of a series of GLAM Jupyter Notebooks [7] set-up by the BVMC Labs as part of the Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library, Alicante, Spain and inspired by the GLAM Workbench [8]. In this lightning talk we would like to give you a brief taste of some of our Labs’ experiments from the last few months, and hopefully inspire you to try some similar experiments in your library!


Duration: 5 minutes

Federated Identity Management for Libraries

Jos Westerbeke, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Access to licensed e-resources is almost always provided based on IP address authentication. However, big publishers tend to move away from IP based access and libraries are facing publishers who want to use Single Sign-On (SSO) configurations. Libraries, then, need to setup SSO in the right way to protect the privacy of its patrons. Several librarians and technical specialists launched the Federated Identity Management for Libraries initiative (FIM4L, to address the lack of a common best practise. A recommendation document is written about how to establish federated SSO for libraries while protecting privacy. It describes the attributes which can be released by the library and recommends two main options: An anonymous and a pseudonymous authentication. These recommendations would be useful for librarians and publishers too, to use FIM and set up federated SSO.

Duration: 5 minutes

STFC Open Science Portal prototype

Vasily Bunakov, STFC UKRI

STFC UKRI is a large research organization, and a funder of science. STFC Open Science Portal is a Web application that integrates STFC records of science from a few in-house catalogues and external quality information sources beyond the organization walls. The talk will give a brief outline of the progress made with the implementation of this new information service.

Duration: 5 minutes

The virtual librarian

Peter van Boheemen, Wageningen University & Research Library

Since your library user will not visit your library web site and will not use your library catalogue but will find what they need by browsing the internet, why not use browser plug-in technology to build a virtual librarian, that will travel with the user across any web site and assist the user when it is relevant.

Duration: 5 minutes

OCR-D: An open ecosystem for improving OCR on historical documents

Clemens Neudecker, Berlin State Library

OCR for historical documents remains a tricky challenge. The German OCR-D project and community have in recent years created a fully open source framework and ecosystem for historical document OCR ( Now the solutions developed will have to demonstrate their effectiveness in real-world implementation scenarios. In this lightning talk we want to introduce the OCR-D stack and its features and discuss the open and participative development strategy of OCR-D in order to encourage others to experiment with OCR-D, engage with its community and contribute their own experiences and findings.

Duration: 10 minutes

Institutional Digital Archive

Dries Vanacker & Dhany dHondt, Artevelde University of Applied Sciences

Digitally archiving students’ research in the area of higher education has always been a challenge. Often these repositories are not very visual or lack integrations and transparent restrictions regarding access for external stakeholders is often missing. Moreover, the impact a digital archive has on the climate and physical storage is not to be underestimated. In this lightning talk we want to give you a demo of version one of the in-house developed open source repository that integrates with Learning Management Systems and tackles the earlier mentioned concerns. We will expand on the rationale behind the platform and dive into the technical architecture and infrastructure.

Duration: 10 minutes

Semantic structure recognition in tables of contents of periodicals and multilingual indexing of abstracts

Manfred Hauer , AGI – Information Management Consultants

intelligentCAPTURE articles moves metadata and abstract of – old and current – printed articles in periodicals or yearbooks into library catalogs. Metadata are recognized via a semantic structure recognition after scanning and OCR. Text like abstracts can be added and indexed from and into in many languages. Examples from Ibero-American Institute in Berlin will be given.

Duration: 10 minutes

First steps with FOLIO in Leipzig

Leander Seige, Leipzig University Library

On June 11, 2020, Leipzig University Library was the first institution in Germany to put services based on FOLIO into productive operation. This was preceded by about two years of intensive work with the system and participation in the international community. This talk briefly reports on the first experiences with the system in terms of technical, librarian and organizational aspects.

Duration: 10 minutes

Fatcat – Perpetual Access to Millions of Open Research Publications

Martin Czygan, Internet Archive

In 2017, with funding support from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Kahle/Austin Foundation, the Internet Archive launched a project focused on preserving all publicly accessible research documents, with a particular focus on open access and at-risk materials.

As part of this effort, we built an editable catalog, with an open API to allow anybody to contribute.
The software is free and open source, as is the data and we invite others to reuse and link to the content we have archived.

This lightning talk will demo the site and its collaborative features.

More information about the project can be found on its homepage [1]
and a recent blog post [2].


Duration: 5 minutes

Help, Scopus does not link my papers to my faculties!

Yasin Gunes, VU Amsterdam

University management is mostly interested in the analysis/results for their own faculty and not aggregated to the entire university. But Scopus does not link to faculties, at best to institutes or university affiliation numbers. We can use curators, but they do not want to be woken up at 3AM to do 1000 papers. So can we do this ourselves automatically and instantly?

Duration: 5 minutes

The FAIR Signposting Profile

Herbert Van de Sompel, DANS

The FAIR Signposting Profile[1] details a concrete recipe that repositories can follow to implement Signposting, a lightweight yet powerful approach to increase the Findability, Accessibility, and Interoperability of scholarly objects. Landing pages support humans that interact with scholarly objects on the web, providing descriptive metadata and links to content. These pages are not optimised for use by machine agents that navigate the scholarly web. Signposting provides this type of information in a uniform machine-friendly way. It builds on widely implemented web protocols specified in IETF RFCs, yielding interoperability that is not restricted to the scholarly landscape but encompasses the web at large.


Duration: 5 minutes

ELAG 2020 is cancelled

The organisers and programme committee of ELAG 2020 have decided to cancel this year’s conference. The ELAG 2020 conference was due to take place June 9-12, 2020 at the National Library of Latvia in Riga. Facing the uncertainties around the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) we concluded it’s best to postpone ELAG 2020 to 2021.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted proposals for the conference! We hope to see you all next year in Riga. We will soon begin discussing a date for the next ELAG meeting and will inform you as soon as there are any news.

Stay safe and healthy and see you next year!

The organisers and programme committee of ELAG 2020/1

Extension deadline call for proposals


Call for proposals ELAG2020

How can you contribute to ELAG!

The next ELAG conference will take place in Riga, Latvia from 09 to 12 June 2020.

You can contribute to the ELAG conference in several ways by submitting: 

  • A presentation proposal:  They are the core of the ELAG programme. Presentations allow you to present your work in 25 minutes in a plenary session. After which there are 5 minutes for questions.  
  • A workshop proposal: Workshops are run throughout the main ELAG programme and are used for group discussions on a selected topic. The workshop leader acts as the moderator of these discussions. Workshops are split into 2 sessions on 2 days of 1.5 hours each. On the last day the participants of the workshop need to present a short 10-15 minute summary about the results of the workshop during the plenary session.
  • A bootcamp proposal: Bootcamp start on the day before the conference. They typically provide hands-on training on software, tools relevant to the community. Bootcamps can be short (2-3 hours) or take a whole day (6 hours).  

Some ideas and previous topics for workshops and bootcamps: DevOps & infrastructure bootcamp, Fail4Lib (history of fails in your software projects), deep learning in libraries, a deep dive into tools like Ansible, Apache Nifi, and Catmandu; or other!

Guidelines for conference presentations, workshops and bootcamps are available at:

To submit a presentation, workshop, or bootcamp proposal, please complete the form here:

The deadline for proposals is February 19, 2020. All proposals will be reviewed by the ELAG 2019 Programme Committee, and the results of the review process will be sent by March 11, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Peter van Boheemen, Chair of the ELAG Programme Committee, at

Save the Date: ELAG 2020 9-12 June

Contribute to and join the ELAG conference! 

ELAG is Europe’s premier conference on the application of information technology in libraries and documentation centers. For over forty years, the ELAG (European Library Automation Group) Conference has provided library and IT professionals with the opportunity to discuss new technologies, to review on-going developments, and to exchange best practices. 

The next ELAG conference will take place in Riga, Latvia from 09 to 12 June 2020. A call for proposals will be sent at the beginning of December. 

National Library of Latvia, Home of ELAG 2020

National Library of Latvia, Home of ELAG 2020. Photo by Indrikis Sturman

The principal goals of ELAG conference are to:

  • Promote knowledge sharing, collaboration, and mutual understanding of new library and archive technologies and services;
  • Connect people working in libraries, archives, museums, and software development projects within and across those domains;
  • Study the impact of changing user expectations and behaviours;
  • Collaborate on navigating evolving library standards and the effects on library technology;
  • Define common principles for library automation by sharing best practices and defining new standards;
  • Foster exchanges about data, software and documentation beyond the scope of any single technology, vendor, or toolset;

The ELAG conference provide a bridge between technologists, metadata experts, archivists, management to study the impact of automation technology in a changing library and archive landscape. Make yourself heard and participate in our community.


The 44th European Library Automation Group Systems Seminar will be in Riga, Latvia June 9 – 12, 2020

Stay tuned for more news about the upcoming ELAG conference in the next weeks!

For more information, visit our conference website

For those who want to continue the ELAG discussions, we have an ELAG Slack channel were currently 81 library enthusiasts are participating. Join us at:

Do you want to help in organising ELAG or participate in our programme committee? At the ELAG Slack we have a #conference channel. Please introduce yourself or send an email to our chair of the ELAG Programme Committee Peter Van Boheemen (