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VLDB 2008 - Call for Papers and Proposals

VLDB 2008 is a premier annual international forum for database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers, and users. VLDB 2008, the 34th conference in the series, will be held in Auckland, New Zealand. The conference will feature research talks, tutorials, demonstrations, and workshops. It will cover current issues in database and information systems research. Databases remain one of the technological cornerstones of emerging applications of the twenty-first century. New Zealand is, like its neighbour Australia, highly active in this area in both research and industry and is supported by strong international links. The VLDB delegates who will convene in downtown Auckland will experience a vibrant metropolitan area with one of the highest living standards in the world, fast-growing business activity in high-tech areas and a very rich international research culture. The affordable price level and the excellent flight connections will make New Zealand an unforgettable VLDB experience - not to mention that all this comes with the great outdoors and the easygoing lifestyle in New Zealand. The University of Auckland is looking forward to your visit.

VLDB 2008 calls for outstanding research papers as well as proposals for demonstrations. Tutorial proposals on all topics that will be of particular interest for the community are welcome. VLDB 2008 also strongly encourages the submission of workshop proposals on challenging topics in areas related to the VLDB focus.

Papers must be submitted electronically. Please check this website regularly for updated information on the paper submission procedure.

To continue the policy of broadening the range of topics covered at the conference, VLDB 2008 will be organized into three tracks, each with its own Program Committee:

  • Core Database Technology
  • Infrastructure for Information Systems
  • Industrial, Applications, and Experience

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Topics of interest

The Core Database Technology Track will evaluate papers on technologies intended to be incorporated within the database system itself. The topics of interest to this track include (but are not limited to):

  • Active Databases
  • Benchmarking and Performance
  • Concurrency Control and Recovery
  • Data Models and Languages
  • Database Administration and Manageability
  • Database Indexing and Search
  • Database Performance and Evaluation
  • Embedded and Mobile Databases
  • Engine-based Views, Replication, and Caching
  • Fuzzy, Probabilistic, and Approximate Data
  • Image, Text, and Multimedia Databases
  • Native Semi-Structured Data and XML
  • Parallel, Distributed, and Grid Databases
  • Private and Secure Databases
  • Query Processing and Optimization
  • Real-Time Databases
  • Reliable and Robust Databases
  • Spatial and Temporal Databases
  • Stream Databases

The Information Infrastructure Track covers all aspects of data management not implemented within a conventional database engine. The topics covered by this track include (but are not limited to):

  • Content Delivery Networks
  • Database Services and Applications
  • Data Design, Evolution and Migration
  • Data Management in Computational Science
  • Data Mining
  • Data Quality and Semantics
  • Heterogeneous and Federated DBMS (Interoperability)
  • Information Filtering and Dissemination
  • Information Integration and Retrieval
  • Meta-data Management
  • Middleware Platforms for Data Management
  • Mobile Data Management
  • Novel/Advanced Applications
  • On-Line Analytic Processing
  • P2P and Networked Data Management
  • Profile-based Data Management
  • Scientific Databases
  • Sensor Networks
  • User Interfaces and Visualization
  • Web Replication and Caching
  • Web Services and Web Service Composition
  • XML Middleware Platforms

The Industrial, Applications, and Experience Track covers innovative commercial database implementations, novel applications of database technology, and experience in applying recent research advances to practical situations, in any of the following example areas (or, in other areas where data management is important):

  • Adapting DB Technology to Industrial Settings and Requirements
  • Application Areas (Government, Finance, Humanities, Telecommunications, Home and Personal Computing, ...)
  • Bio-Informatics/Life Sciences
  • Business Process Engineering and Execution Support
  • Data Management for Developing Countries
  • Digital Libraries/Document Management
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Engineering Information Systems
  • Enterprise Data Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Environmental Management
  • Experiences in Using DB Technology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Industrial-Strength Systems based on DB Technology
  • Mobile Computing
  • Medical Systems
  • Reporting of Pitfalls and Difficulties
  • Retail Systems
  • Self-Managing Systems
  • System Design and Implementation using DB Technology

In some cases, material might cut across more than one of the tracks, and indeed we strongly encourage papers that pursue some of the ties between them. As submissions will be judged by their appropriateness for the track in which they are being evaluated, appropriate placement of papers is important. If in doubt, please contact one of the PC chairs. The program committee reserves the right to move papers between the PCs to ensure the fairest possible evaluation.

Submission Guidelines

Research papers

Papers must adhere to the conference's duplicate submission policy, must be formatted according to the conference's camera-ready format, and are limited to 12 pages. Paper submission must be done electronically using the conference management tools for the Core Database Technology or the Infrastructure for Information Systems track. For each paper, its authors must submit an abstract by March 7, 2008 (5:00pm GMT). The full paper must subsequently be submitted electronically, in pdf format, by March 14, 2008 (5:00pm GMT).

Industrial, Applications, and Experience Papers

Full papers or extended abstracts must be submitted electronically, in pdf format, by March 14, 2008 (5:00pm GMT) using the conference management tool. The conference's duplicate submission policy and the formatting requirements also apply. In particular, each paper must be formatted according to the conference's camera-ready format and the page length is restricted to at most 12 pages.

Demonstration Proposals

Demonstration proposals must be submitted electronically, in pdf format, by March 14, 2008 (5:00pm GMT) using the conference management tool. Proposals should be focused on new database technology, advances in applying databases,or innovative use of database techniques. Proposals must be submitted in camera-ready format and are limited to 4 pages. They should describe the demonstrated system, indicate what is going to be demonstrated, and state the significance of the contribution to database technology or applications. Proposals must not be published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. Demonstration papers will appear in the proceedings.

Tutorial Proposals

Tutorial proposals must clearly identify the intended audience and its assumed background. Tutorials whose audience is broader than the database research community are encouraged. Proposals must be no more than 5 pages and must provide a sense of both the scope of the tutorial and depth within the scope. The intended length of the tutorial (1.5 or 3 hours) should also be indicated, together with justification that a high-quality presentation will be achieved within the chosen time period and the indication of the main learning outcomes. Proposals should also include contact information (name, email, address, telephone number, and FAX number) and a brief bio of the presenters. If the proposed tutorial has been given previously, the proposal should include where the tutorial has been given and how it will be modified for VLDB 2008. Proposals must be submitted electronically by March 28, 2008 (5:00pm GMT) via email to Xiaofang Zhou ( Tutorial presentations will be published and made available to VLDB participants.

Experiments and Analyses Papers

Database management has been an active area of research for several decades. This special topic aims to meet needs for consolidation of a maturing research area by providing a prestigious forum for in-depth analytical or empirical studies and comparisons of existing techniques. The expected contribution of an Experiments and Analyses (E&A) paper is new, independent, comprehensive and reproducible evaluations and comparisons of existing data management techniques. Thus, the intended contribution of an E&A paper is not a new algorithm or technique but rather further insight into the state-of-the-art by means of careful, systematic, and scientific evaluation. Comparisons of algorithmic techniques must either use best-effort re-implementations based on the original papers, or use existing implementations from the original authors, if publicly available. The program committee will create a shortlist of E&A submissions that will be accepted tentatively for publication. These papers will then enter into a rebuttal phase with the authors and inventors or acknowledged experts of the techniques being evaluated, moderated by one of the reviewers. The program committee may require the authors to include feedback from the rebuttal phase as a condition of final acceptance. Submissions should be 3-12 pages long; authors are encouraged to keep their submissions short and concise. Formatting requirements are the same as for other research papers. This special topic is a trial for VLDB 2008 and may significantly change for future VLDB conferences. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the conference management system by March 28, 2008 (5:00pm GMT). The notification of tentative acceptance will be on April 23, 2008. The notification of final acceptance will be on May 24, 2008

Workshop Proposals

VLDB 2008 will again feature a number of co-located workshops, but there are new options in 2008 on how they can be run. A workshop proposal should be no more than 5 pages and should include the workshop title, technical description of the the topic and issues, justification, potential officials, duration and history (if any) of the workshop. Proposals should be submitted by January 18, 2008 (5:00pm GMT) via email to Fred Lochovsky (

VLDB 2008 offers the usual serviced workshops, where registration, catering, room allocation and audio/visual will be organized by the conference organizers. The serviced workshops will take place on Sunday and Monday before the conference, and on Friday, Saturday, Sunday after the conference. The workshops will be hosted partly at the conference venue and partly at the University of Auckland, about 15 minutes by foot from the conference venue; a free bus is running from 8am to 6pm between the conference hotel and the university. Workshop proposals can have any duration from half-a-day to 2 days. Please indicate your preference for a date, but proposals must be unconditional concerning scheduling: With great probability, some workshops will not get their preferred date.

As a new option VLDB 2008 offers the possibility for international working groups to hold meetings alongside VLDB. They can be serviced in the same style as the workshops and can have a closed audience. Requests for such a meeting should be sent informally by January 18 to Gerald Weber ( rather than to the workshop chair. Furthermore there is the possibility to run fully self-organized co-located workshops or other meetings within New Zealand around the conference dates. This is an opportunity to combine a unique New Zealand experience with an international convention. Every workshop during the weekend before or after the conference will be considered co-located. The VLDB 2008 organizers will try to assist in finding suitable venues in very attractive places in the vicinity of Auckland or in other parts of New Zealand. Please also refer to the conference website for updates on the workshop process.

PhD Workshop Papers

Papers must be submitted electronically, in PDF format, by April 15, 2008 (5PM GMT), using the conference management tool. Each paper must be formatted according to the conference's camera-ready format and must be at most 6 pages in length. Submissions must be single-author, and the name of the supervisor must be clearly marked ("supervised by ...") on the paper, under the author's name.

We welcome submissions from students that are enrolled in a PhD program and who are working on topics relevance to those covered by the VLDB conference. We particularly encourage submissions from students who are at the last stages of their doctoral work, and who can therefore present a more "complete" story about their thesis, as well as students who are in the beginning stages of their work and thus have a significant "future work" component. The former category will have the opportunity to showcase theses to a wider audience in preparation for a job search, whereas the latter can obtain valuable feedback about their upcoming research plans.

Formatting Guidelines

See Guidelines for Authors for further information.