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This is the bibliography files (in BibTeX format) of all publications from the annual International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). These files are the source for the NIME proceedings database.

The abstracts and keywords have been scraped from the each of the original PDF file using this script. We have been doing some automatic and manual cleaning up after running the script, but there are still linguistic (and other) errors in the database. Please help us clean it up!

The idea is that keeping the bibliography in an open and accessible format, it can be usable for the community, and it will also be easier to correct errors.

Combined Files

Combined files are automatically created after each commit by a GitHub Action and published to Github Pages.

The files can be found at this repository's website, or the following URLs:


The Makefile creates combined files from the individual yearly BibTeX files for all proceedings types and places them in a directory called release. Outputs are created in .bib, .csv and .yaml format.

The built proceedings are automatically deployed at, separately to the main NIME website.

Publish on

To update the bibliography on the server, it is necessary to run this script


in the NIME Jekyll repository.

nime_bib tool

This repository contains a python tool called nime_bib to help systematically manage the proceedinggs, including tasks such as collating and harmonising files in different formats.

Poetry is used for dependency management. To use nime_bib, first install Poetry, then run poetry install in the repository directory. You can then run nime_bib with the following command poetry run python nime_bib. The help file for nime_bib has the following output:

Usage: python -m nime_bib [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  --help  Show this message and exit.

  add-dois   Adds DOIs to a year of NIME proceedings by key
  collate    Collates all NIME proceedings of a certain type and saves to...
  find-keys  Finds all BibTeX keys used in all available proceedings files.
  harmonise  Loads a NIME proceedings BibTeX file for a given YEAR and...

The collate function is used by this repo automatically to generate YAML files for the proceedings and publish them to github pages. These files are accessed by the NIME website repo to update the website's proceedings archives.

The add-dois function is important for adding DOIs generated from Zenodo when archiving NIME submissions there.


The canonical format for a NIME proceedings bibtex entry is:

  author = {},
  title = {},
  pages = {},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression},
  editor = {}
  year = {},
  month = {}
  date = {},
  address = {},
  isbn = {},
  issn = {},
  articleno = {},
  track = {},
  doi = {},
  url = {},
  urlsuppl1 = {},
  urlsuppl2 = {},
  urlsuppl3 = {},
  pdf = {},
  presentation-video = {},
  keywords = {},
  abstract = {}

(more fields are under discussion in issues)

Articles should be ordered by page/article number within each proceedings file.

The script scripts/ can be used to ensure that proceedings files are in the above format.

Special characters in the .bib file should be written in UTF-8 code (not LaTeX symbol represenations).

Editing / Updates

We welcome help from the community to edit and update errors in the proceedings. This is a volunteer effort!

Small edits can be done with a text editor and submitted as a pull request.

Commits should only affect files and lines where an actual change is occurring (i.e., don't change the formatting of a file arbitrarily), this allows us to revert changes if anything goes wrong.

Larger projects (e.g., updating the URL or DOI fields for a whole year of the conference) should be done exclusively with scripts, Python scripts and notebooks for loading, editing, and saving bibtex files in our standardised format are provided under /scripts. In particular, scripts/ has the canonical versions of the bibtex fields, ordering and sorting used in the proceedings.

We do not suggest using bibtex managers such as BibDesk/JabRef for small edits (although these are useful for browsing the proceedings) as these programs have a habit of changing the formatting and order of every single entry in a file.


If you have questions about the bibliograpy, please get in touch with Alexander Refsum Jensenius.