The 23rd International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL 2021)

December 1 - 3, 2021 (online conference)

Towards Open and Trustworthy Digital Societies

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. 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 December 1st to 3rd, 2021 (JST time zone), same as last year. Doctoral consortium will also be held with Asia-Pacific Chapter of iSchools (AP-iSchools) collaboration. Under the COVID-19 pandemic, we have learned that online opportunities give us new normal lifestyle. We believe that new and fair innovations, mechanisms, are systems are necessary towards realizing Open and Trustworthy Digital Societies. The theme for ICADL 2021 is " Towards Open and Trustworthy Digital Societies ". ICADL 2021 will provide an opportunity for researchers from not only Asia-Pacific regions but also all over the world to exchange and discuss their ideas together across different domains to achieve innovative digital information environment especially during this pandemic time. Attendees can join ICADL for free of charge! Registration is still required prior to the conference.

The Best Paper and the Best Student Paper will be awarded by Program Committee among the accepted full papers. Same as in the last year, selected best papers will be invited for a special issue to be published with the International Journal on Digital Libraries (IJDL), Springer.

Call for Papers

Proceedings of ICADL 2021 will be published by Springer as an LNCS volume, which is indexed by Scopus. This year, we have the following three submission categories: full research papers, short research papers, and practice papers. Note that there will be no demo or poster submissions. We encourage potential authors who will submit posters or demos to extend their work to short paper format, which is at most 6 pages.

If there is any interest for organizing workshops, tutorial, and panel sessions with ICADL 2021, we will consider them on request. Please contact conference organizers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your proposal. The information about the accepted events will put on the conference website and we will encourage attendees to join the events.

At least 3 Program Committee members will review each submission. The review for practice paper submissions will put less emphasis on the novelty and more on real world practices and applications of DL technologies in institutions or companies.

Sufficient time for oral will be given to oral presentation for accepted papers in all submission categories 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.


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 collections
  • Data mining and information extraction
  • IoT and digital libraries
  • AI for digital libraries
  • Natural language processing techniques in digital collections
  • Knowledge discovery from digital libraries content
  • Recommender systems for digital libraries content
  • Infrastructures & development of Web Archives
  • Data science techniques
  • 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
  • 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 & Scholarly Data Analysis

  • Cultural heritage access and analysis
  • Digital history
  • Scholarly data analysis
  • Scientometrics
  • Access and usage of Web Archives
  • Community Informatics
  • Cultural heritage and museum informatics
  • Collaborations among archives, libraries, and 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
  • Social science
  • 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


All submissions must be in English, in PDF format. Papers should follow Springer Computer Science Proceedings guidelines ( All papers are to be submitted via the conference’s EasyChair submission system (

Formatting & Submission Lengths

The lengths of submissions should be as follows:

  • Full papers: 12-14 pages + references
  • Short papers: 6-8 pages + references
  • Practice papers: 6-8 pages + references

Important Dates

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

  • Full, Short Research and Practice Papers Submission: July 1, 2021
  • Acceptance Notification (All paper categories): August 20, 2021
  • Camera Ready Copy of Papers: September 20, 2021
  • Attendee and Author Information Registration Deadline: November 15, 2021
  • Conference: December 1 - 3, 2021

Conference Committee

Conference co-chairs:

  • Emi Ishita (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Sueyeon Syn (Catholic University of America, USA)

Program Committee co-chairs:

  • Hao-Ren Ke (NTNU, Taiwan)
  • Chei Sian Lee (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Kazunari Sugiyama (Kyoto University, Japan)

Publicity co-chairs:

  • Ricardo Campos (INESC TEC; Ci2 – Smart Cities Research Center, Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Portugal)
  • Songphan Choemprayong (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
  • Akira Maeda (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
  • Maciej Ogrodniczuk (The Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
  • Natalie Pang (NUS, Singapore)
  • Rahmi (Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia)
  • Nguyễn Hoàng Sơn (Vietnam National University, Hanoi)
  • Suppawong Tuarob (Mahidol University, Thailand)
  • Sohaimi Zakaria (Universiti Teknologi MARA)
  • Lihong Zhou (Wuhan University, China)

Web chairs:

  • Shun-Hong Sie (NTNU, Taiwan)

Session management chair:

  • Hiroyoshi Ito (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Doctoral consortium co-chairs:

  • Atsuyuki Morishima (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
  • Di Wang (Wuhan University, China)


  • ICADL Steering Committee
  • In collaboration with Asia-Pacific Chapter of iSchools


  • Asia-Pacific Chapter of iSchools