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Volume 29    Number 3    September 2000
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Information Director's Message

My previous message to the members, back in 1998, stated: ``the first step in building the new SIGMOD Online will be to revamp the web site, with help from a professional design firm.'' We finally got this redesign done and are very pleased with the results. Please take a look at and let us have your feedback on the new look-and-feel.

Content at SIGMOD Online continued to grow in the past two years, from 100 megabytes in June 1998 to 2.2 gigabytes in June of 1999 to 4.4 gigabytes in June of 2000. Some highlights of the content added from 1999 to 2000 include:

  • full text of the VLDB Proceedings from 1982 to 1999, thanks to Michael Ley and the VLDB Foundation;
  • full text of the SIGMOD 2000 and PODS 2000 Proceedings, available to members weeks before the conference, thanks to Nick Koudas and Bertram Ludaescher respectively;
  • Alex Labrinidis's dbGrads registry of graduating database students, with over 800 registered users and over 300 students listed as of last June;
  • a collection of PODS-related pages created and maintained by Leonid Libkin;
  • Dongwon Lee's dbEvents calendar of calls for papers;
  • an XML version of the SIGMOD Record, thanks to Paolo Merialdo;
  • the online version of DiSC 2000, thanks to Isabel Cruz.

Several exciting initiatives are in the works for the coming year, including a job posting repository, a directory of experts in database-related areas, a set of industry pages, and Volume 2 of the SIGMOD Anthology. Many thanks to the volunteers mentioned above and the many others who contributed to the expansion and development of SIGMOD Online.

Alberto Mendelzon
June, 2000

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