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Dates: March 23 – 27, 2020
Hosts: University of Borås: Swedish School of Library and Information Science;
Oslo Metropolitan University: Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science

Thank you, iConference 2020 participants

iConference 2020 has concluded and we thank everyone for their participation. 390 registrants took part in our all-virtual conference, and we thank everyone for their enthusiastic participation. Please watch your inboxes for an invitation to take part in our follow-up survey; your input will be invaluable in helping plan for iConference 2021 next year.

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Announcements and Updates

The following come from our Daily Update Emails that are sent to all registered participants. If you are not receiving these Daily Updates, please check your Junk Mailbox. 

iConference 2020 wrap-up 

iConference 2020 was an all-virtual event with more than 390 registered participants from five continents. Our program consisted of more than 144 presentations, including 71 papers, 56 posters, 7 sessions for interaction and engagement, 3 workshops and 2 keynotes, as well as next week’s special presentations. More than one year in the making, the conference was transitioned to an all-virtual format in less than two weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you: The initial planning for iConference 2020 and the subsequent transformation to a virtual format were made possible by the contributions of time and expertise from individuals and institutions worldwide. We regret that it is impossible to name everyone who played a role, but we particularly want to call out the individuals on our 2020 Organizers page and conference Support page. 

Most of all, however, we thank you, our participants. Your willingness to rally behind the iConference and embrace its transformation to a virtual format are what made the preceding week of global presentations possible. 

Participation Letters: Requests for letters of participation can be sent to Be sure to send your request using the email with which you are registered, so we can match it to your account.

Follow-up Survey: In the coming weeks you will be invited to complete our Follow-up Survey, and we hope you will take part. Your feedback on the virtual format will be invaluable as the iSchools explore virtual communications techniques that can help serve its worldwide membership. Watch your inbox for the invitation.

Proceedings: The papers proceedings are published in Springer LNCS, and registered iConference participants will enjoy free access for another three weeks. If you have misplaced the link you can request it again from iconf2020@hb.seRequests should be sent using the email address with which you registered. Free access to the proceedings is for registered participants only; please do not share the link. Posters and Visions are published in IDEALS

See You Next Year: Plans are already underway for iConference 2021, to be held March 28-31 in Beijing. Watch for our CFP, to be circulated in late spring of this year. Hosted by the Renmin University School of Information Resource Management.

About This Year's Conference

iConference 2020 is presented by the iSchools organization and co-hosted by the University of Borås: Swedish School of Library and Information Science, and Oslo Metropolitan University: Department of Archivistics, Library and Information ScienceThe theme conference theme is Sustainable Digital Communities.  

iConference 2020 was originally scheduled to take place in Borås, Sweden, and planning had been underway for more than a year. On March 9, just two weeks before the conference start date, concerns over the growing coronavirus pandemic forced the organizers to transition to an all-virtual format.

The two-week transformation of a physical conference into an all-virtual event has been an amazing achievement. It has been heartwarming to see the iSchools community rally behind the iConference and its hosts in this time of global crisis. With the help of our fellow iSchools, we're confident the conference’s new virtual format will be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone.

iConference 2020 Full Research Papers and Short Research Papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series and will therefore be indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. The posters and Visions papers will be published in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS).

General questions about iConference 2020 should be directed to

About the iConference Series

Since 2005, the iConference series has provided forums in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools, a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Affiliation with the iSchools is not required—all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome at the iConference.

The following is a list of sample topics from past conferences:

  • information behavior
  • social, cultural, health and community informatics
  • human-computer interaction
  • education in Library and Information Science
  • information systems
  • social computing
  • information policy
  • knowledge management
  • information retrieval
  • information services
  • information organization
  • digital curation and preservation
  • bibliometrics and scholarly communication
  • history and philosophy of information
  • participatory cultures
  • digital youth
  • social computing
  • human computer interaction
  • knowledge infrastructures
  • computer-supported cooperative work
  • data, text and knowledge mining
  • computational social science
  • digital humanities
  • network science
  • information and communication technology for development
  • data science
  • information economics
  • information work and workers
  • user experience and design

Learn More

To access the offical proceedings of past iConferences, vist our Past Proceedings page.To learn more about the conference in general, view our About The iConference page.

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Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science


  • For general questions about the iConference, including sponsorships, please contact iSchools Communications Director Clark Heideger.

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