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The deadline for submitting regular research papers has passed. The deadline to submit short research papers is still open until Nov 14th.

EDBT 2017 Research Track Call for Papers

The International Conference on Extending Database Technology is a leading international forum for database researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to discuss cutting-edge ideas, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences related to data management. Data management is an essential enabling technology for scientific, engineering, business, and social communities. Data management technology is driven by the requirements of applications across many scientific and business communities, and runs on diverse technical platforms associated with the web, enterprises, clouds and mobile devices. The database community has a continuing tradition of contributing with models, algorithms and architectures, to the set of tools and applications enabling day-to-day functioning of our societies. Faced with the broad challenges of today's applications, data management technology constantly broadens its reach, exploiting new hardware and software to achieve innovative results.

EDBT 2017 invites submissions of original research contributions, as well as descriptions of industrial and application achievements, and proposals for tutorials and software demonstrations. Industrial, demo, and tutorial submissions will be the subjects of further CFPs.
In this CFP, we encourage submissions of research papers related to all aspects of data management defined broadly, and particularly encourage work on topics of emerging interest in the research and development communities.

Topics of Interest for Regular Research Papers

We welcome papers on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Availability, Reliability, and Scalability
  • Tuning, Monitoring, Benchmarking and Performance Evaluation
  • Big Data Storage, Processing and Transformation
  • Data Curation, Annotation and Provenance
  • Data Management in Clouds
  • Complex Event Processing and Data Streams
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
  • Data Warehousing, Large-Scale Analytics, and ETL Tools
  • Emerging Hardware and In-memory Database Architecture and Systems
  • Heterogeneous Databases, Data Integration and Interoperability
  • Middleware and Workflow Management
  • Parallel, Distributed and Grid Data Management
  • Privacy, Trust and Security in Databases
  • Indexing, Query Processing and Optimization
  • Semantic Web and Knowledge Management
  • Sensor and Mobile Data Management
  • Scientific and Statistical Databases
  • Social Networks and Crowdsourcing
  • Graph Databases
  • Spatial, Temporal, and Geographic Databases
  • Text Databases and Information Retrieval
  • Semi-Structured and Linked Data Management
  • Modeling, Mining and Querying User Generated Content
  • Data Quality
  • User Interfaces and Data Visualization

In addition to regular research paper submissions, EDBT 2017 invites the submission of research papers that come within special topics of interest: “Vision”, “Experiments and Analyses” and “Database Technology and Behavior, Security, Ethics, Rights and Duties of Citizens”. These papers are reviewed by the same program committee as regular research papers. However, a dedicated co-chair for each special topic will provide specific instructions to the reviewers of these papers, coordinate discussions, decisions, and meta-review formulation. All papers submitted to these special topics must be marked accordingly, by giving the special topic as a subtitle in the submitted PDF, as well as by selecting the corresponding subject area during CMT submission. Regular Research papers, “Experiments and Analyses” papers, and “Database Technology and Behavior, Security, Ethics, Rights and Duties of Citizens” papers all have a page limit of 12 pages. Vision papers have a page limit of 6 pages. Below find a description of the three special topics.

Special Topic: Vision Papers

Vision papers will provide a forum for the identification and discussion of new or emerging areas, innovative or risky approaches, or emerging applications that will require extensions to established techniques. A vision paper should:

  • Describe an area in which there is a need for significant new results; the vision articulated should be for a strand of research that may take years to investigate fully, and for which there may be scope for a variety of approaches.
  • Motivate research in the area by making it clear that there are challenging problems to be solved, and that the solutions to these problems would be valuable.
  • Motivate future research in the area by making the case that there is a need for substantial technical contributions, such as the provision of new theoretical foundations, the development of new techniques or architectures, or the creation of new interdisciplinary communities.

A vision paper need not contain preliminary results, and where there are such results, their role should be more to indicate the challenges that exist than to advocate a specific solution.
Vision papers are submitted to the regular research track, but must be marked as "Vision Paper" during submission. These papers should not exceed 6 pages in length. Papers will be reviewed by the regular EDBT Program Committee; their discussion, acceptance, and formulation of meta-review will be coordinated by Wang-Chiew Tan.

Special Topic: Experiments and Analysis Papers

Experiments and Analysis Papers focus on the experimental evaluation of existing algorithms, data structures, and systems. Papers proposing new techniques should continue to be submitted to the regular research track. The primary contribution of Experiments and Analysis papers is performance evaluation through analytical modelling, simulation, and/or experiments. Suitable papers can fit in different categories:

  1. Experimental Surveys: papers that compare a wide spectrum of approaches to a problem and, through extensive experiments, provide a comprehensive perspective on the results available and how they compare to each other.
  2. Result Verification: papers that verify or refute results published in the past and that, through a renewed performance evaluation, help to advance the state of the art.
  3. Problem Analysis: papers that focus on relevant problems or phenomena and through analysis and/or experimentation provide insights on the nature or characteristics of these phenomena.

Overall, the track places great emphasis on comprehensive and detailed performance evaluation, appropriate methodology, and a fair assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of ideas published in previous work. The scientific contribution of an E&A paper lies in providing new insights into the strengths and weaknesses of existing methods rather than providing new methods.

E/A papers are submitted to the regular research track, but must be marked as "E&A Paper" during submission. Papers will be reviewed by the regular EDBT Program Committee; their discussion, acceptance, and formulation of meta-review will be coordinated by Rainer Gemulla.

How to write an E&A Paper?

If E&A papers are to evaluate the approaches in published papers, they should repeat at least one central experiment of each original paper they address unchanged. In addition, they must extend the original performance evaluation by either: using other datasets, different parameters, different workloads, and/or different systems. We favor papers that reimplement published methods rather than papers that just use the original implementation. However, both variants are possible and may make sense depending on the context, especially for larger pieces of software, e.g., systems that are hard or impossible to reimplement. E&A papers can also focus on evaluating implemented systems.

A major motivation for these requirements is not solely to identify scenarios where a particular method does not perform well (negative results and/or rebuttals), but in particular to extend the scope of the original performance evaluation. All performance evaluations are limited in one way or the other – simply through the possible effort/time/costs or space constraints authors are able to invest into them. Thus, E&A papers are also an opportunity to better understand the applicability and usefulness of published methods on unexplored terrain.

Special Topic: Database Technology and Behavior, Security, Ethics, Rights and Duties of Citizens

The Extending Database Technology Conference started in Venice in 1988; throughout the last three decades, we have seen an increased relevance of data technologies, which have impact on many aspects of everyday life. Issues such as data protection, privacy and security are becoming more and more relevant, rising a number of ethical concerns. New challenges are emerging, including terrorism and migrations. New forms of inequalities arise, that may be linked to the global spreading of technology. The 20th EDBT Conference will consider with great interest papers that address these issues. We look for papers responding to the following questions.

We ask:

  • Are there ways to use information from any source (big/social) that contribute to the safety of citizens?
  • What are the limits on the use of data for stronger security that concern individual privacy?
  • Can social content be used to better inform citizens and to organize their collective behaviors? What are the advantages and risks?
  • Big data are creating opportunities in many aspects of public life, e.g. in biology, medicine, and smarter use of cities and territory. What is the social, public, and civic value of open and big data? What are the corresponding ethic and legal challenges?

Within this theme, we seek papers on:

  • Data security and privacy
  • Big data analytics
  • Knowledge mining from multiple heterogeneous sources
  • Social content analysis
  • Smart systems for citizens
  • Information modelling and visualization
  • Crowd sourcing

Broad discussions will be focused on:

  • How can emerging technologies lead to stronger security, improved services and health management, and what are the ethical concerns
  • How should fundamental ethical drive policies in open data production, diffusion, and accessibility
  • How should fundamental ethic aspects drive data management education and research

Authors of submissions that could contribute to this special topic should mark them explicitly. Papers will be reviewed by the regular EDBT Program Committee; their discussion, acceptance, and formulation of meta-review will be coordinated by Stefano Ceri.
This special topic is in memory of Umberto Serafini, who dedicated his whole life to United Europe, and provided guidance and support to the first EDBT Conference and to the creation of the EDBT Endowment.

Important Dates for the Research Track

  • Abstract submission deadline: September 5, 2016, 11:59pm Hawaii Time
  • Paper submission deadline: September 12, 2016, 11:59pm Hawaii Time
  • Notification: October 14, 2016
  • Camera-ready deadline: January 15, 2017, 11:59pm Hawaii Time

Duplicate Submissions

All submissions must be original work that currently is not in submission to any other venue. A paper submitted to EDBT cannot be under review for any other publishing forum or presentation venue (including conferences, workshops, and journals) during the time it is being considered for EDBT. Furthermore, after you submit to EDBT, you must await our response and only resubmit elsewhere if your paper is rejected (or withdrawn at your request) from EDBT. Violation of this policy will result in a straight reject and a ban from submitting to EDBT for one year due to professional misconduct. This restriction applies to identical submissions as well as to submissions with a substantial overlap in scientific content and results.

Submission Guidelines

All aspects of the submission and notification process will be handled electronically. All papers should be submitted in electronic format using the conference submission site at: https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/EDBT2017/.
Please observe the submission dates. No late papers will be accepted. EDBT 2017 submissions are reviewed following a single blind review process, meaning, you do not need to hide authors’ names and affiliations.

Formatting Instructions

Papers must be formatted according to the conference camera-ready format using the ACM proceedings double-column format. They must be submitted as PDF documents.
Regular research papers should not exceed 12 pages, including the ones submitted to the special topics “Experiments & Analyses” and “Database Technology and Behavior, Security, Ethics, Rights and Duties of Citizens”. Papers submitted to the “Vision” special topic should not exceed 6 pages.
Papers submitted as regular ones, as well as papers submitted to one of the three special topics, should be marked accordingly in CMT. In addition, authors have to indicate the name of the topic as a subtitle of the paper.
Templates to prepare your submission can be found on the ACM SIG Proceedings templates website. It is not permissible to change the template's font size, margins, intercolumn spacing, or line spacing. Templates are available in Word and LaTeX (version 2e). For the LaTeX formats, you may use either the standard style or the SIG-alternate style.

Proceedings

The full text of the papers will appear in Open Access, on the OpenProceedings platform (http://openproceedings.org) based at University of Konstanz. This guarantees that the proceedings will be available online and free of charge, while the authors retain the copyrights over their work.