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Research Ideathon

Future Directions for LIS Research

Call for participation and proposals for PhD and Master's students in Library & Information Science (LIS) Programs in Asia and Pacific

Instead of a Doctoral Consortium, A-LIEP conferences traditionally hold research Ideathons for LIS graduate students to collaborate in developing research proposals during the conference. For A-LIEP 2021 online conference, PhD and Master’s students are invited to submit a short research proposal on any of the “futuristic” research topics below — to participate at A-LIEP 2021 Conference, Research Ideathon session:

A Best Research Proposal award will be awarded for the “best” proposal.

Topic #1: Research Data Management

Research data management (RDM) refers to the acquisition, organisation, storage and preservation of data created during a research project. RDM facilitates sharing of research data and, when shared, can lead to valuable discoveries by others beyond the original researcher or research team. Libraries normally play a key role in the acquisition, organisation, storage of the research outputs, but less on the data. Why? The area is thus wide open to research on the perceptions, preparedness, roles, benefits, challenges, and training needs for RDM.

Contributed by Dr. Diljit Singh

Topic #2: Collaborative Information Behavior in Digital Environments

The digital environment has influenced the new behaviors of how people need, seek gather and use information.  Most research studies focus on the individual information behavior, however, the collaborative information behavior is different, in terms of  the complexity of information needs and the way people seek, gather, evaluate, share  and use information to satisfy information needs.  Such behaviors are nurtured and supported by digital technology.

Contributed by Prof. Pimrumpai Premsmit

Topic #3: Extending Healthy Life Expectancy by Providing Health and Medical Information

In the near future, economic growth is expected to lead to a declining birthrate and increase of aging population. Older people are more likely to suffer from illness or injury than younger people. If the number of bedridden elderly people can be reduced by extending healthy life expectancy (the period during which they can maintain an independent life), it will lead to savings in medical expenses and, in turn, to the well-being of elderly people. Data collection and analysis will be conducted to consider how to create an environment in which elderly people can access scientifically-based health care information on their own to extend healthy life expectancy.

Contributed by Prof. Makiko Miwa

Topic #4: Information Services Supported by AI (Artificial Intelligence) Software

AI is the most important variable affecting all industries in the future. How to face the impact of AI, how to use AI technology, and how to carry out information services in the AI era is an important research direction for library and information sciences.

Contributed by Prof. Joyce Chen

Topic #5: Effective Leadership in Information Organizations

Effective leadership is vital to organizational success.  It is about executing the organization’s vision and setting the tone and the culture for that the organization.  Can everyone be a good leader?  what are essential leadership skills and qualities and what are characteristics of effective leadership are frequently asked in the information service organization.

Contributed by Prof. Pimrumpai Premsmit

Topic #6: Future Metadata Research: Moving from Item-Centric Resource Organization to Content/Concept Oriented Organization, Designed to be Net-User Friendly
Topic #7: Design of Digital LAMs (Libraries, Archives and Museums) to Curate/Organize/Archive Cultural Non-Objects, Such as Intangible Entities, Live Actions, Events and Services

Cultural entities include not only cultural objects (physical or digital) but also non-objects which can be experienced (i.e., Experientials) such as performances, ceremonies, festivals, craftsmanship, natural and man-made disasters, etc.

Contributed by Prof. Shigeo Sugimoto

Topic #8: Citizen Science

Citizen Science (CS) is part of the open science movement, which marks a radical change in the way research, education and innovation are undertaken. Beyond providing open access to data, publications, and other research outputs, citizen science encourages the active participation of citizens in the actual research process. Since libraries are key players in the open science movement, their support of citizen science can contribute towards more open knowledge. So what can libraries do to support citizen science practices? What are the strengths of libraries to be involved in citizen science? What are the challenges? How can libraries themselves utilize citizen science in the development of ‘next generation libraries and librarians’? These are some of the areas open to research.

Contributed by Dr. Diljit Singh

Topic #9: The Connected World of the Internet and the Unconnected World of Reality

Semantic Web is an important development direction of Internet technology, and many fields of library and information sciences are actively moving towards semantic Web. We are studying whether it is the virtual world of the Internet or the real human society. How far will the distance between the two be and how big will the difference be. Where this information world will lead human society is a philosophical question that should be studied by LIS.

Contributed by Prof. Joyce Chen

Topic #10: Knowledge Graphs and Graph Visualization Interfaces - User Interaction and Information Behavior

Ontologies and knowledge graphs are being developed to represent knowledge in different fields, particularly scientific knowledge and digital heritage information. Specialized interfaces (e.g., graph visualization interfaces) are being developed to support knowledge graph applications and user interaction with the knowledge graph. Propose how user interaction behavior or information behavior with knowledge graph applications and interfaces can be studied. Alternatively, propose how knowledge graph applications/interfaces can be evaluated. An example of a knowledge graph visualization interface for a digital archive collection is at:

Contributed by Assoc. Prof. Chris Khoo

Topic #11: Development of New Methods of Knowledge Organization to Support Digital Services

The new ways of knowledge/information organisation and representation include ontology, linked data, and knowledge graphs, and personalized knowledge representation. They represent relationships between entity objects at the semantic level to express and organize knowledge in a richer and more expressive way, and to support new kinds of knowledge services. These methods can be applied to support intelligent applications in various domains, and also have an important impact on online library and information services.

Contributed by Prof Ma Feicheng

Who can participate

PhD and Master's students in LIS Programs in Asia and Pacific (including Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, & Pacific islands)

How to participate

• Submit a research proposal of 700-1000 words on one of the research topics listed.
• Submission deadline: Sun 17 Oct 2021.
• Submit the proposal in MS Word or text file by email to:
• The proposal can be based on a research project the student is currently working on, or a proposal for a future project.
• Acceptance decisions will be sent out by Tue 19 Oct 2021, and earlier for proposals submitted before the deadline.
• Authors of accepted proposals will make a short 3-5min presentation at the Research Ideathon session for discussion.
• Participation at the A-LIEP 2021 conference and Research Ideathon is free.

Proposal format

• Fullname of student:
• Name of university and LIS school/department/program:
• PhD or Master's program?:
• Email of student:
• Topic (selected from the list):
• Research proposal should include the following sections:
- Background (including research problem, issue or research gap)
- Research objective(s)
- Research method & theory
- Expected research contribution
- References (small number of references)
• Proposal length: 700 to 1000 words (excluding references)

A-LIEP 2021 Research Ideathon Panel


Ma Feicheng (China)

Diljit Singh (Malaysia)

Makiko Miwa (Japan)

Pimrumpai Premsmit (Thailand)

Shigeo Sugimoto (Japan)

Joyce Chao-Chen Chen (Taiwan)

K.S. Raghavan (India)

Songphan Choemprayong (Co-chair, Thailand)

Chris Khoo (Co-chair, Singapore)

Session Co-Chairs

Chiranthi Wijesundara (University of Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Li Chunqiu (Beijing Normal University, China)

Liang Hong-Shiu (TamKang University, Taiwan)

Pian Wenjing (Fuzhou University, China)

Cheng Weining (Shanghai University, China)

Sun Guanyuan (Schusie) (National Insitute of Education, Singapore)

Chommanaad (Tara) Boonaree (Khon Kaen University)