• Deduplication and mass corrections for SLSP

  • New linked data API


  • Refactoring and adaption of linked.swissbib workflows

  • Integration of new data source for enrichment

  • Deduplication and mass corrections for SLSP


  • Integration of new elements based on linked data into the search interface

  • Linked data API is available

  • Development and integration of PURA service (Private User Remote Access) in collaboration with ZB Zürich and SWITCH

  • Improved deduplication

  • End of financing through SUK-P2, swissbib is now financed by the participating libraries


  • Follow-up to new networks and systems in Swiss academic libraries (projet Renouvaud)

  • Integration of new data sources

  • Consolidation of results from the project linked.swissbib.ch

  • Planning for the future of swissbib


  • Metadata management for the project national licences in close cooperation with the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries

  • Continuation of development of workflows for transforming and publishing swissbib data as linked open data


  • Expansion of the swissbib team and integration of new team members

  • Going public of a new web interface in responsive design

  • Integration of new data sources

  • Follow-up to new cataloging rules RDA

  • Development of workflows for transforming and publishing swissbib data as linked open data


In the beginning of 2014, swissbib started with new VuFind interfaces on all views (swissbib, swissbib Basel Bern, jusbib).

swissbib won secure financing from SUK-P2 for the period 2014-2016, for both projects swissbib and linked.swissbib.ch.


This year was marked by projects concerning the search interface and the datahub (CBS). A lot of work was done for switching from TouchPoint to the open source software VuFind. The existing design was implemented in VuFind and modules that did not yet exist were implemented. The data model of CBS saw a complete overhaul, with a new software version, updates are merged into new clusters, data quality saw a massive improvement.

Also, swissbib wrote proposals to get financing from the "successor" programe to e-lib.ch, SUK-P2 "Wissenschaftliche Information: Zugang, Verarbeitung und Speicherung. A partner projekt working on linked open data (linked.swissbib.ch ) was also set up.


After the big move of last year 2012 is for consolidating the service and updating all main components. This includes the switch from FAST to SOLR for the search engine. Also two new swissbib based search solutions (local catalog of Basel/Bern and jusbib a portal for juridical literature in Swiss libraries) are supported during deployment.

Additionally the federal libraries are added to swissbib.


The main focus is moving swissbibs IT-infrastructure to Basel. During the deployment phase the service was hosted by OCLC in Leiden but for the production phase of the service it should be run in Switzerland. Additionally the following goals are reached:

  • adding more sources to swissbib

  • working on the infrastructure for local search applications based on on swissbib

  • working on the data and search quality

  • providing open interfaces


Swissbib went live as public beta in December 2009 and the deployment project with OCLC comes to an end in January 2010. This marks the start for Phase II of the project dealing with four thematic areas:

  • streamlining the existing solution based on user feedback

  • improving the search quality in relation to multilingualism by including more authorities and enriching data

  • extending the amount of data sources present in swissbib

  • organizing the future of the service for 2011 onwards


The main goals of 2008 were met. swissbib procured with CBS, FAST and Touchpoint a software that meets perfectly the needs of swissbib. A first format analysis was conducted that delivers the basis for current software implementation and configuration.

The following goals are defined for 2009

  • deployment of the base system in collaboration with OCLC

  • setting up the infrastructure for data delivery and communication on the local level

  • testing and perfecting of the swissbib solution in collaboration with Swiss libraries

  • Going live with swissbib by the end of 2009


The swissbib project team is complete and started to work on regularly basis. It consists of

  • Project leader Hannes Hug, director University library Basel

  • Project coordinator Tobias Viegener

  • System architect Günter Hipler

Main goals of 2008 are

  • evaluation and procurement of software for swissbib

  • set up a definite organizational structure for the project

  • analyzing and describing the data to be used for swissbib

  • building a network of test groups

  • deploy the software to be configured filled with live data

2007 (preliminary phase)

The preliminary phase of the swissbib project is successfully terminated.

The final draft of the Project request has been discussed and adopted at the Project council meeting on June 27th 2007. The request has been accepted by E-lib.ch in the end of 2007.

Preparatory operations were being performed by a project team consisting of

  • Hannes Hug, director University library Basel

  • Andres von Arx, head IT, University library Basel

  • Günter Hipler, IT coordinator IDS

  • Bernd Luchner, coordinator library system IDS Basel Bern

Main goals of the preliminary phase were

  • setup of a project organization

  • coordinating project partners

  • compilation and submission of the project request within the context of E-lib.ch

  • preliminary enquiries