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Guest editorial The VLDB Journal (2003) 12: 87–88 / Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1007/s00778-003-0092-2 Special issue: Best papers of VLDB 2002 Published online: July 8, 2003 – c Springer-Verlag 2003 This special issue comprises six papers from the 28th Inter- ing and classification of XML documents and Internet routing national Conference on Very Large Data Bases, held in Hong protocols. An important task in such applications is to take a Kong, 20–23 August 2002. There were 69 research papers given string and find all regular expressions that it matches in presented at the Conference, selected from 431 submissions. the collection. The paper “RE-tree: an efficient index structure From these 69 papers, the three program chairs selected six for regular expressions,” by Chee-Yong Chan, Minos Garo- as the best of the conference. The authors of these six papers falakis and Rajeev Rastogi describes and experimentally eval- produced extended versions of their conference papers, which uates a novel indexing scheme for efficiently retrieving regular were further developed through two rounds of reviewing. expressions that match a given string. Recent VLDB conferences have strived to broaden the Traditional database systems are built based on certain as- range of topics covered at the conference beyond The VLDB Journal Springer Journals

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