ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
(Database Technology Track)
MRCH 19-21, 2000 - VILLA
OLMO, COMO, ITALY
Theme: World Wide Web Access to Databases
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)
(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
for tutorials (half or full day) and panel sessions are also invited.
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:
Original and unpublished research work;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
5. Panels, posters, and workshops
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'
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
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
Author name(s) and address(es) must not appear in the
body of the submission, and self reference should be in third
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.
SUBMIT ON PAPER, send either of the Track Chairs a single
copies of the manuscript, marked with the ID number you were
given when you provided your submission details via the form.
separate cover sheet containing contact information:
of the paper
address for contact author
number for contact author (fallback!)
ensure that the package is clearly marked as a submission to the
"SAC2000 WEBDB Theme".
Note, though, that electronic submission is strongly preferred.
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:
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.
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,
If I cannot print your paper, I will contact you, and possibly
ask you to send hardcopy by courier.
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.
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
- (+44) 131 229
1052 (Direct line)
- (+44) 131 650
- Robert Inder
(SAC 2000 World Wide Web Track)
Human Communication Research Centre,
University of Edinburgh
2, Buccleuch Place,
Edinburgh EH3 9HH
- +9611 867 619
- +9611 - 867098
- Ramzi A. Haraty
(SAC 2000 Database Technology Track)
Lebanese American University
P.O. Box 13-5053
6, 1999: Papers Due with track chair
1, 1999: Notification of Acceptance
1, 1998: Camera-Ready Paper Due
19, 2000: Conference begins