The 22nd International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL 2020), Nov 30 - Dec 1 [virtual conference]

Digital Libraries at Times of Massive Societal Transition
– Collaborating and Connecting Community during Global Change –

International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL), which started in Hong Kong in 1998 and over the years traveled many countries in the Asia-Pacific region, is known as a major digital library conference and has been also ranked as "Core A" conference (2018). Along with JCDL and TPDL, ICADL is held annually as one of the three top venues for connecting digital library, computer science and library and information science communities. This year ICADL will be held online from November 30 to December 1, 2020 and according to Japan time zone. ICADL conference will also collaborate with Asia-Pacific Chapter of iSchools (AP-iSchools) in this year.

Many emerging research areas such as Digital Humanities, Open Sciences, Social Informatics originated from digital library research over the past decades, and it is essential that ICADL continues as a platform for scholars to connect and develop in these emerging as well as extant areas. ICADL 2020 is planned as a forum for researchers to exchange ideas and discuss together across domains for innovative digital information environment especially during a time of pandemic, upheavals in work, culture, health services and so on. An important feature of ICADL is the diversity of the Asia-Pacific region in many aspects – languages, cultures, social systems, development levels and technologies. This diversity will bring new ideas and thoughts to the participants.

This year the conference will be held online same as many other related events due to COVID-19 pandemics. Presentations will be then performed online as well as they will be also recorded and disseminated later for open access by the community. There will be no attendance fee (neither for participants nor for authors), and only prior registration of the attendees’ information is required. The conference is free for anyone to attend!

Proceedings of ICADL 2020 will be published by Springer as an LNCS volume, which is indexed by Scopus. In this year we invite four kinds of submissions: full research papers, short research papers, practitioners papers and work-in-progress papers. A Work-in-Progress paper is a concise report of preliminary findings or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work that does not necessarily reach a level of completion but is relevant to the scope of ICADL2020. Note that there will be no demo or poster submissions for this year.


We invite submissions on diverse topics related to digital libraries and related fields including (but not limited to):

Information Technologies, Data Science & Applications

  • Information retrieval and access technologies to digital libraries content
  • Data mining and information extraction
  • IoT and digital libraries
  • AI for digital libraries
  • Knowledge discovery from digital libraries content
  • Infrastructures & development of Web Archives
  • Data science techniques and digital libraries
  • Semantic Web, linked data and metadata technologies
  • Ontologies and knowledge organization systems
  • Applications and quality assurance of digital libraries
  • Research data and open access
  • Visualization, user interface and user experience
  • Social networking and collaborative interfaces in digital libraries
  • Personal information management and personal digital libraries
  • Performance evaluation
  • Information service technologies in digital libraries
  • Bibliometrics and scholarly communication in digital libraries
  • Curation and preservation technologies in digital libraries
  • Information organization support

Cultural Information & Digital Humanities

  • Cultural heritage access and analysis
  • Digital history
  • Scholarly data analysis
  • Scientometrics
  • Access and usage of Web Archives
  • Community Informatics
  • Collaborations among archives, libraries, museums
  • Collection development and discovery
  • Digital cultural memory initiatives
  • Memory organizations in the digital space
  • Digital preservation and digital curation
  • Digital library/digital archive infrastructures
  • Digital library education and digital literacy
  • Higher education uses of digital collections
  • Research data infrastructures, management and use
  • Information policies
  • Participatory cultural heritage

Social Informatics and Socio-technological Issues in Digital Libraries

  • Data analytics for social networks
  • Socio-technical aspects of digital libraries
  • Sustainability of digital libraries
  • Research methods for digital libraries during social isolation times
  • Roles of digital libraries for isolated societies
  • Digital libraries for learning, collaboration and organization in the networked environment
  • Societal and cultural issues in knowledge, information and data
  • Intellectual freedom, censorship, misinformation
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Policy, legal, and ethical concerns for digital libraries
  • Social, legal, ethical, financial issues of Web Archives
  • Social policy issues on digital libraries
  • Information behavior analysis with digital libraries
  • Social science with digital libraries
  • Information work and digital libraries
  • Information economics and digital libraries
  • Education with digital libraries
  • Participatory cultures and digital libraries
  • Digital scholarship and services
  • Open data initiatives and utilization

Formatting & Submission Lengths

All submissions have to be in English as PDF files. Papers should follow Springer Computer Science Proceedings guidelines ( The lengths of submissions should be as follows:

  • Full papers: 12-14 pages + references
  • Short papers: 6-8 pages + references
  • Practitioners papers: 6-8 pages + references
  • Work-in-Progress papers: 4-6 pages + references

Please add a suitable prefix to the title of your paper (both in the actual paper and in the metadata information in EasyChair) to distinguish your submission type: [Full paper], [Short paper], [Practitioners paper] or [Work-in-Progress paper]. For example, "[Work-in-Progress paper] Investigating Word Embeddings in Scholarly Paper Recommendation"


All papers and panel proposals are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission page (

Every paper will be evaluated by at least 3 members of Program Committee. The assessment of practitioners paper submissions will put less emphasis on the novelty and more on real world practices and applications of DL technologies in institutions or companies. The submission process is single-blind.

Important Dates

The schedule is shown below. All the dates are Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone:

  • Full, Short Research and Practitioners Papers Submission: July 1, 2020   July 10, 2020  (extended)
  • Panel Proposals Submission: July 1, 2020
  • Work-in-Progress Papers Submission: July 30, 2020 August 7, 2020 (extended)
  • Acceptance Notification (Full & Short Papers, Panels): August 20, 2020 August 25, 2020 (extended)
  • Acceptance Notification (Work-in-Progress Papers): August 30, 2020
  • Camera Ready Copy of Papers: September 20, 2020
  • Attendee’s Information Registration Deadline: November 15, 2020
  • Conference: November 30 - December 1, 2020


Accepted papers will be allocated sufficient time in the conference program for oral presentations using a presentation platform to be chosen later (e.g., ZOOM). Each accepted paper must be presented online by at least one of the co-authors. Additionally, the online presentations without QA parts will be recorded and made later available online. A Best Paper and Best Student Paper awards will be selected by the Program Committee from accepted full papers.

Conference Committee

Conference co-chairs:

  • Adam Jatowt (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Atsuyuki Morishima (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Program Committee co-chairs:

  • Emi Ishita (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Natalie Pang (NUS, Singapore)
  • Lihong Zhou (Wuhan University, China)

Panel chair:

  • Shigeo Sugimoto (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Publicity co-chairs:

  • Ricardo Campos (INESC TEC; Ci2 – Smart Cities Research Center, Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Portugal)
  • Songphan Choemprayong (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
  • Chei Sian Lee (NTU, Singapore)
  • Jiang Li (Nanjing University, China)
  • Akira Maeda (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
  • Hao-Ren Ke (NTNU, Taiwan)
  • Min Song (Yonsei University, Korea)
  • Sueyeon Syn (Catholic University of America, USA)

Web & Media co-chairs:

  • Shun-Hong Sie (NTNU, Taiwan)
  • Thalhath Rehumath Nishad (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
  • Karuna Yampray (Dhurakij Bundit University, Thailand)
  • Di Wang (Wuhan University, China)
  • Nadeesha Wijerathna (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

PC members:

  • Trond Aalberg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
  • Jae-Eun Baek (Daegu University)
  • Biligsaikhan Batjargal (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Si Chen (Nanjing University)
  • Songphan Choemprayong (Chulalongkorn University)
  • Gobinda Chowdhury (University of Strathclyde)
  • Chiawei Chu (City University of Macau)
  • Mickaël Coustaty (University of La Rochelle)
  • Fabio Crestani (University of Lugano (USI))
  • Milena Dobreva (UCL Qatar)
  • Yijun Duan (Kyoto University)
  • Edward Fox (Virginia Tech)
  • Dion Goh (Nanyang Technological University)
  • Simon Hengchen (University of Gothenburg)
  • Jon Jablonski (University of California Santa Barbara)
  • Makoto P. Kato (University of Tsukuba)
  • Marie Katsurai (Doshisha University)
  • Yukiko Kawai (Kyoto Sangyo University)
  • Hao-Ren Ke (National Taiwan Normal University)
  • Christopher S. G. Khoo (Nanyang Technological University)
  • Yunhyong Kim (University of Glasgow)
  • Gaël Lejeune (Sorbonne Université)
  • Xuguang Li (Nankai University)
  • Chunqiu Li (Beijing Normal University)
  • Shaobo Liang (Wuhan University)
  • Chern Li Liew (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Fernando Loizides (Cardiff University)
  • Akira Maeda (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Bill Mischo (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Muhammad Syafiq Mohd Pozi (Universiti Utara Malaysia)
  • Thi Tuyet Hai Nguyen (University of La Rochelle)
  • David Nichols (University of Waikato)
  • Chifumi Nishioka (Kyoto University)
  • Hiroaki Ohshima (University of Hyogo)
  • Gillian Oliver (Monash University)
  • Georgios Papaioannou (UCL Qatar)
  • Christos Papatheodorou (Ionian University)
  • Minhui Peng (Wuhan University)
  • Congjing Ran (wuhan university)
  • Edie Rasmussen (The University of British Columbia)
  • Andreas Rauber (Vienna University of Technology)
  • Ali Shiri (University of Alberta)
  • Panote Siriaraya (Kyoto sangyo university)
  • Shigeo Sugimoto (University of Tsukuba)
  • Kazunari Sugiyama (Kyoto University)
  • Sue Yeon Syn (The Catholic University of America)
  • Masao Takaku (University of Tsukuba)
  • Giannis Tsakonas (University of Patras)
  • Nicholas Vanderschantz (University of Waikato)
  • Diane Velasquez (University of South Australia)
  • Di Wang (Wuhan University)
  • Chiranthi Wijesundara (University of Colombo)
  • Zhiqiang Wu (Wuhan University)
  • Gang Wu (Wuhan University)
  • Dan Wu (Wuhan University)
  • Sohaimi Zakaria (Universiti Teknologi MARA)
  • Yuxiang Zhao (Nanjing University of Science and Technology)
  • Tim Zijlstra (University of Derby)
  • Maja Žumer (University of Ljubljana)


Registration to ICADL 2020 is free. You can complete the registration by filing the form available at: