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The AP-iConference is an annual event for information field researchers in the Asia Pacific region. Launched in 2014, it is organized by iSchools Asia-Pacific members and others, serving as a regional satellite of the global iSchools iConference. The AP-iConference is now held in conjunction with the International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL).

2022 AP iConference Call For Participation

The 2022 AP-iConference will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam (with an option for remote arrangement for participants who would not be able to join on-site) on December 2, 2022. In consultation with Prof. Atsuyuki, Dr. Di Wang and Co-Chair Prof. Misita Anwar, the event will include a the following:

  1. Keynote Message (speaker to be announced)
  2. Seminar on Open Access Data Sharing Policies and Technologies. The accepted papers for the Seminar may be published in an open access journal entitled "Data and Information Management." It is a golden OA journal, which is fully funded and there is no APC charged for authors.
  3. AP-iSchools Business Meeting
  4. Student Colloquium (Dec. 2, afternoon)

Call for Papers

A. Seminar on Open Access Data Sharing Policies and Technologies

Submission and Presentation

The AP iSchools Chapter calls for the submission of papers on the said topic. An abstract of not more than 500 words will be submitted via a submission platform (to be provided soon). Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the Senior Advisors. If the abstract is accepted, the author agrees to send a full-text paper, including results, tables, figures, and references. All submissions should report original and previously unpublished research. 

Full-text papers (.docx and .doc) will be accepted by Electronic Submission Form. Manuscripts should meet the format set by the Conference committee and are subject to review. 

Authors of accepted papers have to present their work at the AP iConference Seminar on Dec. 2. Moreover, authors must agree for the possible publication of their research on the peer reviewed and open access journal Data and Information Management. It is a golden OA journal, which is fully funded and there is no APC charged for authors.

B. Students Colloquium for Asia-Pacific Next Generation Researchers in the Information Field (Jointly Organized by Asia Pacific Chapter of iSchools, ICADL, and A-LIEP)

The Student Colloquium offers an opportunity for graduate students to present and discuss their studies with mentors from iSchools, ICADL and A-LIEP, as well as, to build networks for future international collaborations. These organizations have jointly hosted doctoral consortiums in recent years. 

Likewise, the Student Colloquium is traditionally organized with the objective to provide a larger community of young researchers in the region to participate.

Submission and Presentation

The organizers solicit proposals for presentations from graduate students, not only Ph.D. candidates but also master-level students. Proposals from undergraduates who plan to go to graduate schools are also welcome. Proposals may fit into two tracks – ongoing and finished research presentations and a research plan for a doctoral degree

Submissions are invited related to the following broad topics: 

  • Information Technologies, Data Science & Applications; 
  • Cultural Information, Digital Humanities & Scholarly Data Analysis
  • Social Informatics and Socio-technological Issues in Digital Libraries

Members of the organizing team and leading researchers from iSchools, ICADL, and A-LIEP will participate in the event and will give comments and suggestions to help students brush up on the research and to build up their research plans.

Authors of accepted proposals must present their work at the graduate student sessions on Dec. 2. Participation in the event is free. The accepted proposals will not be published (only presentation).

Tracks and Submission Information 

Track 1: Ongoing and finished research: Proposals may be made by one or more authors. The first author should be a student who can present his/her research at the symposium.

Track 2: Research plans for pursuing doctoral degrees (Doctoral Consortium

Sessions): Proposals should be made by a doctoral student.

Acceptable file formats: Microsoft Word and PDF

Submission System:  TBA

All proposals should be written in English and include the following:

For Track 1:

Section 1: Author(s): name, their institutional affiliations, five to ten keywords.

Section 2: Abstract (no more than 500 words)

For Track 2:

Section 1: A short (100 to 150 words) introductory statement explaining: who the applicant is, their institutional affiliation, supervisors, and (provisional) thesis title, five to ten keywords; the applicant’s current stage of their graduate career (beginning, completion of required courses or initial candidacy stage, full doctoral status, data collection and analysis, about to submit thesis etc.); an explanation of what they hope to get out of attendance at the symposium

Section 2: A research statement of no more than 500 words describing their dissertation project.

Important Dates (tentative)

Submission Deadline: September 16, 2022 

Acceptance Notification: November 04, 2022 

Date of the Doctoral Consortium: December 2 2022

Please check ICADL website for the updates on the graduate student sessions and general information about ICADL 2022 and AP-iConference 2022.

2022 Organizers

Program Committee (includes all members of the AP Next Generation Committee)

Ahmad Fuzi Md Ajis (Universiti Teknologi MARA)

Chao Min (Nanjing University,China)

Chunqui Li (Beijing Normal University)

Claire Timpany, University of Waikato)

Di Wang (Wuhan University)

Hiroshi Ito (University of Tsukuba)

Houqing Yu (Sun Yat-Sen University)

Hui Chen (Central China Normal University)

Iyra Buenrostro-Cabbab (SLIS, Univ of the Philippines Diliman)

Kathleen Lourdes Obille (SLIS, Univ of the Philippines Diliman)

Masaki Takeda (University of Tsukuba)

Masao Takaku (University of Tsukuba)

Md Khalid Hossain (Monash University)

Misita Anwar (Monash University) (co-chair)

Naya Sucha-xaya (Chulalongkorn University, Malaysia)

Nicholas Vanderschantz (University of Waikato)

Peng Xiao (Sun Yat-Sen University)

Rahmi (Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia)

Shaobo Liang (Wuhan University)

Wei Jeng (National Taiwan University)

Wirapon Chansanam (Khon Kaen University)

Yi Bu (Peking University)

Youngseek Kim (Sungkyunkwan University)

Advisors (Leading Researchers from iSchools, ICADL, and A-LIEP)

Atsuyuki Morishima (University of Tsukuba) 

Emi Ishita (Kyushu University)

Gillian Oliver (Monash University)

Gobinda Chowdhury (University of Strathclyde)

Hao-Ren Ke (National Taiwan University)

Kanyarat Kwiecien (Khon Kaen University)

Kulthida Tuamsuk (Khon Kaen University)

Lihong Zhou (Wuhan University)

Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona (SLIS, Univ. of the Philippines Diliman) (co-chair)

Michael Seadle (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin)

Nguyen Ngọc Hoá (VNU University of Engineering and Technology)

Sam Oh (Sungkyunkwan University)

Shigeo Sugimoto (University of Tsukuba)

Sohaimi Zakaria (Universiti Teknologi MARA)

Songphan Choemprayon (Chulalongkorn University)

AP-iConference 2022 Co-Chairs:

Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona (SLIS, Univ. of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines) (co- chair)

Misita Anwar (Monash University, Australia) (co-chair)




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