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Call for Papers
Second International XML Database Symposium (XSym 2004)


In Conjunction with VLDB 2004 Toronto, Canada

The XML database symposium builds upon the success of the first symposium
in conjunction with VLDB 2003, Berlin, and several previous workshops
related to XML, Web and Database Systems that were held at VLDB 2002, EDBT
2002 and CAiSE 2002.


The theme of the XML Database Symposium (XSym) is everything in the
intersection of Database and XML Technologies. Today, we see growing
interest in using these technologies together for many web-based and
database-centric applications. XML is being used to publish data from
database systems to the Web by providing input to content generators for
Web pages, and database systems are increasingly used to store and query
XML data, often by handling 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 for
distributed query processing. As a result, many relational database
systems export data as XML documents and import data from XML documents
and provide query and update capabilities for XML data. In addition,
so-called native XML database and integration systems are appearing on the
database market, whose claim is to be especially tailored to store,
maintain and easily access XML-documents.


The goal of this symposium 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. This symposium will provide the opportunity for all
involved to debate new issues and directions for research and development
work in the future.

Symposium Format

The symposium format will be a 20-minute presentation, followed by
10-minutes discussion and debate. We encourage demos or other novel
presentation techniques if they are a better format to describe the work
being undertaken.

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:

Design and Integration:

  Methodology and tools for designing DTDs and XML schemas 
  Large scale XML data integration 
  Information integration techniques and aggregators 
  Interchange and integration of XML data 
  Generation of XML data from legacy applications 
  Database support for Web-applications 
  Data modeling concepts for data in the Web 
  Management of meta-data in the internet 
  Web mining 
  Web interfaces for database systems 
  P2P database systems 

Applications of XML:

  XML-based data models for product description (XML, XML schema, XML
  Business ontologies 
  XML and e-commerce 
  XML and business (XML/EDI) 
  Web-based models for business knowledge representation (RDF, semantic
  Security and privacy with XML 

Models and Languages:

  XML query languages 
  XML-related languages like XSL, XQL, XPointer 
  Convergence of XML and Database technology (queries, views, updates,
    data warehouses, etc.) 
  Convergence of XML and Decision support (visualization, expert systems
    and business rules, etc.) 

XML Technology:

  Storage of XML data 
  Compression of XML data 
  Indexing and retrieval of XML data 
  Query processing over XML data 
  Benchmarks and performance using XML/Web-databases 
  XML server technology 
  XML-based middleware 
  XML grammars and streams 
  XML as an integral part of larger software systems 

Paper Submission

Symposium submissions must generally be in electronic form using Portable
Document Format (.pdf), PostScript (.ps) or WinWord (.doc). Papers should
not be more than 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. At least one author of each
accepted paper must attend the symposium to present their work.

Paper submission site is at http://msrcmt.research.microsoft.com/XSYM2004

The symposium proceedings will be published in the Springer-Verlag Lecture
Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.
Important Dates

19 May 2004  - Paper Submission Deadline
30 June 2004 - Notification of Acceptance
13 July 2004 - Camera Ready Copy
TBC          - Symposium

Organizing Committee

General Chair:
Rainer Unland, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

General Co-chairs:
Michael Rys, Microsoft (USA) 
Zohra Bellahsene, LIRMM (France) 

Program Committee Chairs:
Tova Milo, Tel Aviv University (Israel) & INRIA (France) 
Dan Suciu, University of Washington (USA)

Publications Chair:
Rainer Unland, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) 

Publicity and Communications Chair:
Zohra Bellahsene, LIRMM (France) 

Program Committee

Bernd Amann, CNAM Paris (France)
Sihem Amer-Yahia, AT&T Research (USA)
Michael Benedikt, Bell Labs (USA)
Phil Bernstein, Microsoft Research (USA)
Elisa Bertino, University of Milan (Italy)
Angela Bonifati, CNR (Italy)
Vassilis Christophides, ICS-FORTH & University of Crete (Greece)
Gregory Cobena, Xyleme (France)
Mariano Consens, University of Toronto (Canada)
Alin Deutsch, University of California at San Diego (USA)
Mary Fernandez, AT&T Research (USA)
Dana Florescu, BEA (USA)
Juliana Freire, OGI School of Science and Engineering (USA)
H.V. Jagadish, University of Michigan (USA)
Christoph Koch, Technische Universitaet Wien (Austria)
Alberto Laender, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Laks Lakshmanan, University of British Columbia (Canada)
Yossi Matias, Tel Aviv university (Israel)
Giansalvatore Mecca, Universita' della Basilicata (Italy)
Hamid Pirahesh, IBM (USA)
Evaggelia Pitoura, University of Ioannina (Greece)
Neoklis (Alkis) Polyzotis, University of California at Santa Cruz (USA)
Philippe Pucheral, INRIA (France)
Elke A. Rundensteiner, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA)
Arnaud Sahuguet Bell Laboratories - Lucent Technologies (USA)
Oded Shmueli, Technion (Israel)
Val Tannen, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
Vasilis Vassalos, New York University (USA)
Stratis Viglas, University of Edinburgh (UK)
Masatoshi Yoshikawa, Nagoya University (Japan)

Contact XSym

xsym04 (at) xsym.org


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