The British National Conference on Databases (BNCOD) was established in 1980 as a forum for discussing original research in the theory and practice of database systems and, since then, BNCOD has attracted an international audience to discuss the leading research topics of the day in the field.
BNCOD 2009 will be held at Birmingham University from the 7th to 9th of July 2009. The theme of BNCOD 2009 will be "Dataspace: the Final Frontier". Dataspace is a term recently coined to denote the expansion of the database topic into the broader area of managing large numbers of diverse but interrelated data sources of many varying forms. Dataspace support or management systems provide co-ordinated access to these disparate data sources, so that they can co-exist comfortably and can be queried, updated and managed in a convenient manner, even when tight integration may be very difficult or impossible due to issues of autonomy or heterogeneity. Examples of such data sources include relational databases, XML documents and repositories, text files, web services, spreadsheets and email collections.
Particular features of BNCOD 2009 include
- Two keynote talks and two tutorials, all given by world leading researchers
- An exhibition programme showing research database prototypes as well as new developments from commercial systems
- A half-day PhD forum aimed at fostering the development of our future researchers
- Co-located workshops to take place on 6th July 2009
BNCOD 2009 seeks research papers for presentation at the conference and subsequent publication. Full papers (12 pages), short papers (8 pages) and poster papers (4 pages) may be submitted. We further invite submission of proposals for Workshops and for exhibition of research and commercial systems. Please consult the call for papers for details of research areas in which contributions are solicited and for important dates regarding conference deadlines.
All papers will be published in the conference proceedings, as in previous years, by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Outstanding papers will, at the discretion of the programme committee, be invited to publish extended versions of their papers in a special BNCOD section of The Computer Journal.