The VLDB Journal (2000) 8: 155
Foreword by the VLDB ’98 PC Chairmen
The 24th annual VLDB Conference was held in New York City, New York August 24–27,
1998. The high quality of papers in the conference was the culmination of efforts of many:
the authors, the program committee members, and the external referees. We’d like to take this
opportunity to thank them all for their hard work, precision, and fairness.
Among the many excellent papers, and based on the evaluation of committee members,
we chose six papers as candidates for this special issue. The six papers were extended with
additional material, then underwent a new refereeing process. We’d like to thank the referees
of the extended papers for their excellent work and willingness to meet the strict deadlines.
Although not a speciﬁc goal of the issue, the collection of papers reﬂects the changing nature
of the database ﬁeld. The fourth through sixth papers in the issue can roughly be categorized
as dealing with aspects of data analysis and exploration, a new and dynamic subﬁeld. The ﬁrst
three papers deal with more traditional systems- related issues such as index structures, query
processing, temporal databases, real-time databases and security – though even within these
traditional disciplines these papers are interesting and novel.
In closing, we’d like to thank the many individuals who made the VLDB ’98 conference
a success, in particular the hard- working and extraordinarily competent conference co-chairs,
Alexandros Biliris and Inderpal Singh Mumick.
O. Shmueli, J. Widom