Over the past decade, the development of international digital library activities has been steadily increasing. Grounded in the successes of the U.S. digital library programs – Digital Library Initiative-1 (DLI-1), Digital Library Initiative-2 (DLI-2), and the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) program – many international and national digital library research projects have been actively developed by national libraries, public and university libraries, and various research institutions. In addition to significant technological advances, new multimedia digital content, significant cultural repositories, and indigenous knowledge and language assets are being developed and are making a significant impact on knowledge preservation and content delivery in various countries.

Three significant and vibrant international conferences have grown out of this international digital library movement – the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL, http://www.jcdl.org) in the US, the European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL, http://www.ecdl.org), and the International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL,http://www.icadl.org). The three conferences help create stimulating and collegial forums for reporting significant digital library research and development activities.

The International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL), initiated in 1998 and rotated among Asian-Pacific countries, has become one of the premiere meetings in digital library. Since its humble beginning in Hong Kong (ICADL 1998), the meeting has been held in Taipei, Taiwan (ICADL 1999); Seoul, Korea (ICADL 2000); Bangalore, India (ICADL 2001); Singapore (ICADL 2002); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (ICADL 2003); Shanghai, China (ICADL 2004); and Bangkok, Thailand (ICADL 2005).

The ICADL meetings draw researchers and professionals from library and information science, computer science, social science, information systems, law and policy, education and learning, and various other academic disciplines. Research topics range from digital library technologies and information systems; to content management, service models, and cost and sustainability issues.

The ICADL meetings are planned and facilitated by a group of volunteers, who are experienced in digital library research and international community building; and have contributed significantly to ICADL-related activities.

This website has been designed to facilitate easy access to information regarding past, present and future ICADL activities. To suggest additional content, please contact Ms. Cathy Larson at cal@eller.arizona.edu.