Australasian Database Conference (ADC2008)

Held at University of Wollongong, Australia, during January 22-25, 2008.

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The Australasian Database Conference series is an annual forum for exploring research, development, and novel applications of database systems. The Nineteenth Australasian Database Conference, ADC 2008, will be held at The University of Wollongong as part of the Australasian Computer Science Week.

Keynote and Invited Talks

Keynote talk: Professor Beng Chin Ooi (NUS). Can P2P become a disruptive technology to enterprise data processing?
Abstract: P2P (peer-to-peer) computing, despite the hype surrounding it for the last decade, has not been exploited in corporate network and business applications. One of the main reasons is that it has not been able to satisfy the needs of enterprise-quality data-intensive applications. In this talk, I shall re-examine the research issues that need to be addressed in order to make P2P systems usable in corporate networks. I will also discuss my ongoing work in this area.

Keynote talk: Professor Raghu Ramakrishnan (Yahoo! Research). Web Data Management (presentation)
Abstract: The Web is no longer a static repository of documents; it is a dynamic repository of information that connects people with their passions, and on a more prosaic note, the applications they use in their personal and professional lives. How is the Web evolving as an information source, and how does this affect the future of information discovery? What are the implications of the rapid growth of social networks? How does the emergence of the Web as a delivery channel for services affect the future of software? Technically, these trends have given rise to a new wave of challenges, and led to vigorous research on a number of fronts ranging from social network analysis, information extraction and community information management, massively distributed storage and computing platforms, and placed a premium on hosted service architectures. In this talk, I will discuss these issues and outline some of the solutions that are beginning to emerge.

Invited talk: Dr Athman Bouguettaya (CSIRO). Infrastructure for Ubiquitous Services
Abstract: Services science is slowly gaining acceptance in both industry and academia as the necessary vehicle to introduce large scale efficiencies in service economies that are now predominant in most developed and many developing countries. The development of service-oriented computing was the computing research community's response to the emerging multi-disciplinary field of services science. Service-oriented computing aims at providing a foundational computing framework to support a service-centric approach to solve the vexing problems of integration and interoperability. The Web is and will undoubtedly be the preferred delivery platform of targeted solutions. More specifically, Web services are poised to be the key component of the service-oriented approach for the efficient management of services on the Web. Fully delivering on the potential of next-generation Web services requires building a foundation that would provide a sound design for efficiently developing, deploying, publishing, discovering, composing, and optimizing access to Web services. The proposed Web service foundation will enable the development of a uniform framework called Web Service Management System that would be to Web services what DBMSs have been to data. In this framework, Web services would be treated as first-class objects that can be manipulated as if they were pieces of data. In this talk, I will first motivate the need for WSMSs. I will then overview our own research work developing the foundation of the core components of WSMSs which include: Web service query optimization, Web service composition, Web service change management, and Web service trust management. Finally, I will overview an E-government WSMS prototype that has been used as a deployment test-bed.

Invited talk: Professor Li Xiaoming (Beijing University) From WebArchive to WebDigest: Concept and Examples (coauthored with Huang Lianen)
Abstract: Much like a black hole, the Web, since its birth, has been absorbing all sorts of data (information) around the globe, ever generated along the path of human civilization. On the other hand, the digitized and networked (webbed) nature of web data, which generally means "easy to access", gives rise to much imagination on re-discovering, re-engineering, and re-using of the oceanic information. Nevertheless, lunch is not free. The same time when we see the grand opportunities, tremendous challenges are ahead. In this talk, I'll first introduce Web InfoMall (, the Chinese web archive we have been constructing since 2001. Along with the activities, we observe some useful capabilities have been developed, such as large scale web crawling and very large scale data organization. In addition, we discuss a step beyond the WebArchive, called WebDigest, which is an effort aimed at making use of the data in the web archive. With a web archive and associated capability, "web mining" here has a more or less different meaning, which spans from the structure analysis of the web to named entity and relation extractions, from spatial (if we consider URL as a space) information discovery to temporal information exhibition. The main challenge for us is around the theme of achieving reasonably good performance with affordable cost. As we are from a university lab, the underlying question is: what can be done (and how) in a university lab environment with modest resource. After all, most of the researches started from university lab. We need to understand the feasibilities and compromises while seeing the promises.

Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday January 23, 10:30am: ADC Keynote (chaired by Xuemin Lin)

Wednesday January 23, 1pm: ADC session on XML schema (chaired by Gill Dobbie)

Wednesday January 23 3:30pm ADC session on data mining (chaired by Jixue Liu)

Thursday January 24 8:30am ADC session on potpourri (chaired by Chengfei Liu)

Thursday January 24 10:30am ADC session on XML processing (chaired by Athman Bouguettaya)

Thursday January 24 1pm ADC Keynote (chaired by Xiaofang Zhou)

Thursday January 24 3:30pm ADC session on potpourri (chaired by Uwe Roehm)

Friday January 25 8:30am ADC Invited talks (chaired by Jeffrey Yu)

Friday January 25 10:30am ADC session on media retrieval (chaired by Jeffrey Yu)