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(Database Technology Track)


Cross-Track Theme: World Wide Web Access to Databases

The ACM Symposium on Applied Computing 2000 (SAC2000) features special tracks on Database Technology and World Wide Web Applications. Because of the importance of the overlap between these two areas, the two tracks are together organising a Cross-Track Theme on World Wide Web Access to Databases. This will provide a forum for scientists, engineers, researchers and practitioners throughout the world to present and discuss technical ideas and experiences relating to the design, construction and use of tools for accessing databases via the web, and the evaluation of tools and practical applications for doing so.

This track seeks to go beyond Web applications which just happen to use a database, or databases that just happen to be accessed via the Web, and to explore the particular issues involved in accessing databases via the World Wide Web. Thus major topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

Design of Web-accessible database applications
(statelessness; volume of data; cacheing; stale pages; performance)

Use of non-relational databases
(object databases; document databases; multi-media databases)

Usability of Web-based database interfaces
(transit delays; naieve users, users)

Tools for building Web-based database interfaces
(WYSIWYG page design tools; SQL in pages; client-side tools)

Distributed databases
(Maintaining, updating and synchronising; resiliance)

Accessing and/or combining remote databases
(distributing meta-data; "mediators" and similar middleware)

Security aspects of web-based data distribution

Proposals for tutorials (half or full day) and panel sessions are also invited.

Guidelines For Submission

Original presentations dealing with any aspect of accessing databases via the World Wide Web will be considered for inclusion within the cross-track special theme presentation and/or publication in the SAC2000 Proceedings. This includes five categories of submissions:

1. Original and unpublished research work;
2. Reports of innovative computing applications in the arts, sciences, engineering and business areas;
3. Reports of successful technology transfer to new domains;
4. Reports of industrial experience and demos of new innovative systems; and
5. Panels, posters, and workshops

  • All submissions will be subject to "blind" peer review. For this reason, papers submitted for review must not contain information identifying the authors.

    Accepted papers in all categories will be published in the symposium proceedings. Expanded versions of selected papers from all categories will be considered for publication in the ACM/SIGAPP quarterly Applied Computing Review or one of the other participating SIGs' publications.

  • Before submission, you should provide information about your paper (title, some keywords and a one-paragraph summary of the paper, plus a warning if you intend to submit electronically or on paper). There is a Web form for doing this at http://www.hcrc.ed.ac.uk/~robert/SAC/notify.html. Ensure that the short title you give your paper starts with "WEBDB:".
  • When you do this, you will be given a submission ID, which you should use to identify your submission.

  • The body of a paper should not exceed 4,000 words (approx. 15 pages, double-spaced). The abstract for a poster should not exceed 4 sides.

  • Author name(s) and address(es) must not appear in the body of the submission, and self reference should be in third person.

  • All papers must be received by one or other of the Track Chairs by SEPTEMBER 1st, 1999. NOTE that this deadline is slightly later than the overall conference deadling, but is absolutely final, and any submissions received after it will be ignored.

  • TO SUBMIT ON PAPER, send either of the Track Chairs a single package containing:

    • Four copies of the manuscript, marked with the ID number you were given when you provided your submission details via the form.

    • One separate cover sheet containing contact information:

      • title of the paper
      • author(s) and affiliation(s),
      • email address for contact author
      • fax number for contact author (fallback!)

  • Please ensure that the package is clearly marked as a submission to the "SAC2000 WEBDB Theme".

  • Note, though, that electronic submission is strongly preferred.

  • ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION is the preferred way of submitting papers. Note that you will need to be able to use FTP to submit electronically. Three formats are acceptable:


    This is the preferred format for your paper. Note that:

    The text of the paper should be in a single file named "index.html". Do not split it across multiple interlinked files: remember, the "real" paper will appear as pages in a book.

    Figures and illustrations should be in either JPEG of GIF format, and be included by means of relative URLs to files within the same directory as the paper.

    The names of these files should end with the file extension conventionally associated with their format (.jpg or .gif) and contain no more than 20 other characters, which should be either letters, digits or "_".

    Note that character case is significant: graph.gif, GRAPH.GIF and Graph.gif are three different files.

    Make sure, make absolutely sure that your submission is valid HTML. In particular, if you are using Microsoft software (e.g. Word) to produce your paper, you should check that it can be viewed properly on Netscape.


    You may submit your paper as a single postscript file. You are strongly recommended to check that your postscript can be printed, and can be viewed on screen by, for instance, ghostscript/ghostview.

    If I cannot print your paper, I will contact you, and possibly ask you to send hardcopy by courier.


    Finally, you can also submit your papers as a single file of plain ASCII text. You may also include figures as separate files in postscript GIF or JPEG, but note that if reviewers cannot see how they relate to the paper, they will have to give it a less favourable review.

In all cases, the paper should end with a horizontal rule (or line of "equals signs") followed by the words "End of Submission".

Once you have decided what format you will submit, complete the Submission Information Form. You will be given a submission ID, and details of where you should transfer your paper.

Current information about the Symposium will be available at http://www.acm.org/conferences/sac/sac2000/ .

Note that correspondence and information regarding the track (notifications, review comments, etc.) will be sent via the Internet (email and the Web) only.

General enquiries should be sent to the Symposium Chair or the Programme Chair. Proposals for panels, tutorials and workshops should be sent to the Programme Chair by August 17, 1998.

Enquiries and submissions relating to this special track should be sent to one or other of the relevant track chairs:

Dr. Robert Inder:
(+44) 131 229 1052 (Direct line)
(+44) 131 650 4587
Robert Inder
(SAC 2000 World Wide Web Track)
Human Communication Research Centre,
University of Edinburgh
2, Buccleuch Place,
Edinburgh EH3 9HH
Scotland, UK
Ramzi A. Haraty
+9611 867 619 x 1285
+9611 - 867098
Ramzi A. Haraty
(SAC 2000 Database Technology Track)
Lebanese American University
P.O. Box 13-5053

Important Dates

  • September 6, 1999: Papers Due with track chair
  • November 1, 1999: Notification of Acceptance
  • December 1, 1998: Camera-Ready Paper Due
  • March 19, 2000: Conference begins


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