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                                 Call for papers
                 International Workshop on Database Technologies 
                    for Handling XML information on the Web

                     March 14, 2004, Heraklion, Crete (Greece)


                 In conjunction with EDBT 2004 (http://www.edbt04.gr)

Themes and Goals

The workshop theme is the use of Database Technology and the Extensible
Markup Language (XML) in the Web. Modern database systems enhance the
capabilities of traditional database systems by their ability to handle
any kind of data, including text, image, audio, and video, and to provide
access to these data via SQL-like query languages. Today, database systems
are particularly relevant to the Web, as they can provide input to content
generators for Web pages, and can handle queries issued over the Internet.
As database systems increasingly start talking to each other over the Web,
there is a fast growing interest in using XML as the standard exchange
format. As a result, many relational database systems can export data as
XML documents and import data from XML documents. XML is on its way to
becoming the communication standard of the Web.  Moreover, there is an
increasing trend to store XML-data in database systems and, by this, make
it easier to access and maintain. In the meantime, some commercial
database systems are already on the market that are especially tailored to
store, maintain and easily access XML-documents.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together academics, practitioners,
users and vendors to discuss the use and synergy between the
above-mentioned technologies. Many commercial systems built today are
increasingly using these technologies together and it is important to
understand the various research and practical issues. The wide range of
participants will help the various communities understand both specific
and common problems.

Topics of Interest

In order to foster a lively exchange of perspectives on the conference
topics, the program committee encourages contributions from both
researchers and practitioners. Topics of interest include, but are not
limited to:

-  Methodology and tools for the design of XML schemas and DTDs 
-  Interchange and integration of XML data 
-  Metrics for XML documents and schemas 
-  XML query languages 
-  Storage and compression of XML data 
-  Indexing and retrieval of XML data 
-  Query processing over XML data 
-  Benchmarks and performance 
-  XML Infrastructure technology 
-  Streaming of XML documents 
-  Security and privacy with XM 
-  Selective dissemination of XML documents 
-  XML and e-commerce 
-  XML and business (XML/EDI) 
-  XML Ontologies for semantic Web 
-  Convergence of XML and Information Retrieval 
-  Convergence of XML and Decision support 
-  Web mining 
-  Navigation of XML documents on the Web

Paper Submission

Workshop submissions must generally be in electronic form using Portable
Document Format (.pdf), PostScript (.ps) or WinWord (.doc). Papers must be
unpublished and not exceed 15 pages in length. Papers should be formatted
according to the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
guidelines. LNCS formatting guidelines and templates can be found at
http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html. All submitted papers will
be judged on their quality and relevance from at least 3 members of the
program committee. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend
the workshop to present their work.

Authors shall submit their papers electronically to dataX@disi.unige.it
together with an ASCII version of the title and abstract.


It is intended to publish post-workshop proceedings with a major
publishing company, after updating papers on the basis of review remarks
and comments of the workshop participants. Informal proceedings will be
available at the workshop.

Important Dates

  Paper Submission Deadline:   7 January 2004
  Notification of Acceptance:  9 February 2004
  Camera Ready Copy:           1 March 2004
  Workshop:                    14 March 2004

Workshop Program Committee

  Ricardo Baeza-Yates, University of Chile (Chile) 
  Zohra Bellahsene, LIRMM (France) 
  StÚphane Bressan, NUS (Singapore) 
  Barbara Catania, University of Genova (Italy) 
  Akmal B. Chaudhri, IBM developerWorks (UK) 
  Klaus R. Dittrich, University of Zurich (Switzerland) 
  Elena Ferrari, University of Insubria (Italy) 
  Mary F. Fernandez, AT&T Research (USA) 
  Giorgio Ghelli, University of Pisa (Italy) 
  Sergio Greco, University of Calabria (Italy) 
  Giovanna Guerrini, University of Pisa (Italy) 
  Hosagrahar V. Jagadish, University of Michigan (USA) 
  ZoÚ Lacroix, Arizona State University (USA) 
  Gianni Mecca, UniversitÓ della Basilicata (Italy) 
  Marco Mesiti, University of Milano (Italy) 
  M. Tamer Ízsu, University of Alberta (Canada) 
  Ralf Schenkel, Max-Planck-Institut (German) 
  Divesh Srivastava, AT&T Research (USA) 
  Athena I. Vakali, University of Thessaloniki (Greece) 

Organization Committee

  Barbara Catania, University of Genova (Italy) 
  Akmal B. Chaudhri, IBM developerWorks (UK) 
  Giovanna Guerrini, University of Pisa (Italy) 
  Marco Mesiti, University of Milano (Italy) 


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