CfP 2nd Int. XML Database Symposium (XSym 2004) in conjunction with VLDB 2004 in Toronto, August 29-30

                  Call for Papers
Second International XML Database Symposium (XSym
                August 29-30, Toronto
             in conjunction with VLDB '04


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.

Important Dates

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


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 
Web pages, and database systems are increasingly used
to store and 
XML data, often by handling queries issued over the
Internet. As 
systems increasingly start talking to each other over
the Web, there is 
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 
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
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 
involved to debate new issues and directions for
research and 
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 
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
  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 
    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 
Document Format (.pdf), PostScript (.ps) or WinWord
(.doc). Papers 
not be more than 15 pages in length. Papers should be
to the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer
Science (LNCS)
guidelines. LNCS formatting guidelines and templates
can be found at All
submitted papers 
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

The symposium proceedings will be published in the
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:
Zohra Bellahsene, LIRMM (France) 
Michael Rys, Microsoft (USA) 

Program Committee Chairs:
Tova Milo, Tel Aviv University (Israel) & INRIA
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
Mary Fernandez, AT&T Research (USA)
Dana Florescu, BEA (USA)
Juliana Freire, OGI School of Science and Engineering
H.V. Jagadish, University of Michigan (USA)
Christoph Koch, Technische Universitaet Wien (Austria)
Alberto Laender, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Laks Lakshmanan, University of British Columbia
Yossi Matias, Tel Aviv university (Israel)
Giansalvatore Mecca, Universita' della Basilicata
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
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)

***************************************************************Prof. Dr. Rainer Unland 
University of Duisburg-Essen 
Institute for Computer Science and Business Information Systems (ICB) 
Practical Computer Science, especially Data Management Systems and Knowledge Representation 
Schuetzenbahn 70, 45117 Essen, Germany 
Tel.: (+49) 201-183 3421, Fax: (+49) 201-183 4460 
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