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Conference Report


D-Lib Magazine
January 2005

Volume 11 Number 1

ISSN 1082-9873

Report on the 7th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL 2004)

13 - 17 December 2004, Shanghai, China


Su-Shing Chen
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Red Line


The International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL) series has grown into a grand annual event for the library and IT communities in Asia and the rest of the world as well. After ICADL's six years of continuous effort to serve as a forum for exchanging, promoting and sharing the latest development of digital libraries in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Seoul, Bangalore, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, this 7th ICADL conference was a major success. The quality of submitted papers and diversity in participation, geographically and professionally, has made ICADL an important international conference. At the end of ICADL 2004, all participants I personally observed departed with big smiles.

ICADL 2004 was held in Shanghai, China, and was organized by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shanghai Library. The organizers benefited from the support of the Shanghai Municipal Government, Vice-Mayor Junqi Yan, and President Shenwu Xie of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, who served as Chair of the Steering Committee. The Shanghai Society for Library Science and the Committee for Academic Libraries of Shanghai served as co-organizers of the conference.

The theme of ICADL 2004 was "Digital library: International Collaboration and Cross-Fertilization", and its focus was on technology, service, management and localization.

The conference featured 6 tutorials, 7 keynote speeches, 7 invited talks, and 66 full and short paper presentations in 21 sessions. Sponsors of ICADL 2004 included 37 companies, such as Springer, ISI, HP, CNPIEC, etc. Among them, 20 sponsors manned booths at the conference exhibition, which was held simultaneously with the conference. There were 311 participants at ICADL 2004, among whom 177 came from China and 134 from 26 other countries. Some 200 people attended the 6 preconference tutorials.

The ICADL 2004 Program Committee adopted an electronic paper submission and review system (i.e., ACM ConfMan) for transparency and efficiency. The Committee consisted of 84 members from Asia, the USA and Europe and was led by Co-Chairs from those 3 regions. ICADL 2004 received a total of 248 full paper and 111 short paper submissions from 967 authors. Of the 248 full papers, 44 were accepted as full papers and 28 as poster papers. Of the 111 short papers, 15 were accepted as short papers and 9 as poster papers. The full paper acceptance rate is 44/248 = 17.7%. The overall acceptance rate among the full paper submissions is 72/248 = 29.0%. The short paper acceptance rate is 15/111= 13.5%. The overall acceptance rate among the short paper submissions is 24/111= 21.6%. A total of 96 papers were accepted for the 690-page conference proceedings.

In addition to the submitted, reviewed and accepted papers, the conference featured 7 papers by keynote speakers and 7 papers by invited speakers. Keynote and invited speakers came from the USA, New Zealand, Germany, Canada and China.

Conference registration began on December 13. The preconference tutorials were held the next day. The first two tutorials the morning of December 14 were: "Knowledge Management Systems: Development and Applications" by Hsinchun Chen, University of Arizona, USA, and "Digital Library: Overview and Framework" by Edward Fox, Virginia Tech, USA. In the afternoon, the first two tutorials were: "Metadata in Digital Libraries" by Xiaolin Zhang, Library of Chinese Academy of Science, China, and "Digital Enterprises and E-Commerce Systems" by Su-Shing Chen, University of Florida-Gainesville, USA. Next were: "Context-enhanced Digital Library Services" by Erich Neuhold, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, and "Building Digital Libraries Using Open Source Software" by Ian Witten, University of Waikato, New Zealand.

The main part of the conference started on December 15 and ended December 17. Keynote speeches covered some current and very important issues. They were:

  • "Digital libraries in China, Knowledge Service and Digital Library: A Roadmap for the Future" by Xiaoxin Zhang, National Cultural Information Resource Center, China,
  • "National Science Digital Libraries for Education" by Lee Zia, National Science Foundation, USA.
  • "Gold at the End of the Digital Library Rainbow: Forecasting the consequences of truly effective digital libraries" by Michael A. Keller, University Library, Stanford University, USA.
  • "Global Memory Net: New Collaborative Activities, New Possibilities and New Challenges" by Ching-chih Chen, Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Simmons College, USA.
  • "The Next Generation of Information Retrieval for Digital Libraries" by Edie Rasmussen, University of British Columbia, Canada.
  • "Biomedical Informatics and Security Informatics Research in Digital Library" by Hsinchun Chen, University of Arizona, USA.
  • "ChinaGrid: Making Grid Computing a Reality" by Hai Jin, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China.

Invited talks included:

  • "Digital Libraries for Education: Case Studies" by Edward Fox, Virginia Tech, USA,
  • "Metadata in China Digital Library Project" by Xiaolin Zhang, Library of Chinese Academy of Science, China,
  • "Building a Distributed Collaborative Virtual Reference System" by Min Huang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Library, China,
  • "Role of Context for Information Mediation in Digital Libraries" by Erich Neuhold, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany,
  • "Content Management and Resource Integration: a Practice in Shanghai Digital Library" by Qiang Xu, Shanghai Library, China,
  • "Preservation of Digital Resources" by Su-Shing Chen, University of Florida-Gainesville, USA, and
  • "Digital Libraries: Developing Countries, Universal Access, and Information for All" by Ian Witten, University of Waikato, New Zealand.

The ICADL 2004 organizers provided an excellent social program for attendees. The conference dinner was a sumptuous Chinese banquet, and this was followed the next evening by a concert featuring the famous Shanghai Jiao Tong University Symphony Orchestra. All delicious lunches and dinners were provided by ICADL. On the final day, attendees could choose from among several afternoon tours of scenic locations and top libraries in Shanghai.

The ICADL 2004 website is located at <>, and the conference proceedings are available as part of the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series: Digital Libraries: International Collaboration and Cross-Fertilization. Zhaoneng Chen, Hsinchun Chen, Qihao Miao, Yuxi Fu, Edward Fox, Ee-peng Lim (eds). Springer, LNCS 3334, 2004.

ICADL 2005, the 8th conference in the ICADL series, will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, and is tentatively scheduled for December 11-14, 2005.


I appreciate the statistics provided for this report by Guojing Yuan of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


Copyright © 2005 Su-Shing Chen

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