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XML Database Symposium (XSym 2003)

In Conjunction with VLDB 2003
Berlin, Germany
Monday, 8 September 2003

The symposium builds upon the success of several previous XML, Web and Database-related
workshop held at CAiSE 2002, EDBT 2002, NODe 2002  and VLDB 2002


The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is playing an increasingly important role in the exchange of a wide variety of data on the Web and elsewhere. The database community is interested in XML because it can be used to represent data that originates in repositories by providing structure and the possibility of adding type information.

The symposium theme is the combination 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

Applications of XML

Models and Languages

XML Technology

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.
The proceedings will appear in LNCS. 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.

Important Dates

Important Dates
19 May 2003 Paper Submission Deadline
16 June 2003 Notification of Acceptance
7 July 2003 Camera Ready Copy
8 September 2003 Symposium

Organizing Committee

General Chair
Zohra Bellahsene, LIRMM (France)

Michael Rys, Microsoft (USA)
Akmal B. Chaudhri, IBM developerWorks (USA)

Local Chair
Agnes Voisard, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)

Publications Chair
Rainer Unland, University of Essen (Germany)

Publicity and Communications Chair
Erhard Rahm, University of Leipzig (Germany)

Program Committee

Bernd Amann, CNAM & INRIA (France)
Valeria De Antonellis, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Zohra Bellahsene, LIRMM (France)
Elisa Bertino, University of Milan (Italy)
Timo Boehme, University of Leipzig (Germany)
Akmal B. Chaudhri, IBM developerWorks (USA)
Istvan Cseri, Microsoft (USA)
Gillian Dobbie, University of Auckland (New Zealand)
Mary F. Fernandez, AT&T Research (USA)
Daniela Florescu, BEA (USA)
Irini Fundulaki, Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies, (USA)
Donald Kossmann, Technical University of Munich (Germany)
Mong Li Lee, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Eng Wah Lee, Gintic (Singapore)
Stuart Madnick, MIT (USA)
Ioana Manolescu, INRIA (France)
Jim Melton, Oracle (USA)
Alberto Mendelzon, University of Toronto (Canada)
Laurent Mignet, University of Toronto (Canada)
Tova Milo, Tel Aviv University (Israel)
Allen Moulton, MIT (USA)
M. Tamer Oszu, University of Waterloo (Canada)
Shankar Pal, Microsoft (USA)
Erhard Rahm, University of Leipzig (Germany)
Marie-Christine Rousset, LRI (France)
Michael Rys, Microsoft (USA)
Jerome Simeon, Bell Labs (USA)
Zahir Tari, RMIT (Australia)
Frank Tompa, University of Waterloo (Canada)
Hiroshi Tsuji, Osaka Prefecture University (Japan)
Rainer Unland, University of Essen (Germany)
Agnes Voisard, Fraunhofer ISST and Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)
Osamu Yoshie, Waseda University (Japan)
Jeffrey Xu Yu, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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