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Volume 29    Number 3    September 2000
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SIGMOD'2000 Program Chair's Message

Dear Fellow SIGMOD Members,

It is my pleasure to write a few brief remarks here summarizing comments I made at the business lunch in Dallas.

I would like to begin by expressing my sincere thanks to the people who made my job as PC chair possible, and who are responsible for the high quality program we enjoyed at SIGMOD.

The Program Committee Members had to review approximately 20 submissions each. Every one of the PC members completed every assigned review before the PC meeting (although some on the PC gave me some anxious moments!) I am truly grateful for the time, energy, and expertise each PC member put into this job.

Phil Bernstein and the members of his Industrial Program Committee did a great job soliciting and reviewing submissions for the Industrial Program. Similarly, Jiawei Han and his Demo Program Committee put together a first rate program of demos. Svein-Olaf Hvasshovd selected a great series of tutorials, while Alon Levy selected and assembled a great series of panels.

I would also like to thank Surajit Chaudhuri and the Microsoft Conference Management Toolkit staff for writing, maintaining, and running the software that managed the submission and review process.

Finally, I would like to thank each of the authors of the 248 submissions to the conference. As PC chair one truly begins to understand the number of active people in our community and the quantity and quality of work that they do. Obviously, the conference depends at its core on these authors.

Moving on, I will present a few statistics about the submissions to the SIGMOD 2000 research track. Overall, there were 248 submissions, of which 42 were accepted, for an acceptance ratio of 17%.

For a little history, we had:

1999: 205 submissions, 42 accepted
1998: 246 submissions, 42 accepted
1997: 202 submissions, 42 accepted
1996: 290 submissions, 47 accepted

It will be interesting to see if this pattern holds; if so, Timos should receive approximately 200 submissions to SIGMOD 2001.

SIGMOD 2000 was truly an international conference. By region, our submissions break down was:

North America: 146
South America: 3
Europe: 57
Asia: 42

Over 40% of the submissions came from outside North America.

By submission count, the three most popular areas and their acceptance rates were:

Data Mining: 9 /39 23%
XML/Web: 7/29 24%
Query Opt./Eval: 5/26 19%

Some areas turned out to be particularly tough:

OLAP: 0/10 0%
IR: 1/10 10%
Data Integration: 1/9 11%

Let me close with some changes I think our community should be considering with respect to the SIGMOD research program.

First, we reject too many papers! A fundamental question we should address is whether to increase the number of papers in the conference. Issues to consider are proceedings space, conference talk slots (although I am personally partial to having 100 parallel sessions in the first hour of the first day then letting everyone schmooze for the remainder of the conference), and a loss of prestige due to becoming less selective.

Second, the web has opened up the potential for new mechanisms in the reviewing process. Most interestingly, it would be possible to incorporate a round of author response in the loop. It could work something like this: 2 weeks before the PC meeting, all reviews are due. Authors could then read their reviews and prepare a one page response. Then this response could be included with the reviews during the PC meeting. The idea is that this can improve the reviewing process by giving the authors a chance to clarify misconceptions in their reviews. I have bounced this idea off a number of you already, and reactions have ranged from great enthusiasm to complete horror, with more reactions on the side of enthusiasm than horror.

Finally, I would like to thank those of the SIGMOD community who roped me into this job, especially Rick Snodgrass, who is the epitome of a great SIGMOD chair. It was an honor to serve as PC chair, and I look forward to seeing many of you also experience this honor in the future.

Jeff Naughton
July, 2000

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