Senior Database Researcher Meetings
Once every few years (usually 5 years), a small group of database researchers, practitioners and opinionated professionals get together to assess the state of database research and to recommend problem areas that deserve additional focus. The report written after the workshop represents the consensus on new research areas and describes some of the discussions that took place.

There were a number of earlier reports with similar goals, including: Laguna Beach, California in 1989 [1], Palo Alto, California ("Lagunita") in 1990 [2] and 1995 [3], Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1996 [4], Asilomar, California in 1998 [5] and Lowell, Mass. in 2003 [6].

Continuing this tradition, in late May, 2008, a group of database researchers, architects, users and pundits met at the Claremont Resort in Berkeley, California to discuss the state of the research field and its impacts on practice. Then they release the Claremont Report on Database Research [7].

  1. Philip A. Bernstein, Umeshwar Dayal, David J. DeWitt, Dieter Gawlick, Jim Gray, Matthias Jarke, Bruce G. Lindsay, Pete C. Lockemann, David Maier, Erich J. Neuhold, Andreas Reuter, Lawrence A. Rowe, Hans-Jörg Schek, Joachim W. Schmidt, Michael Schrefl, and Michael Stonebraker: Future Directions in DBMS Research - The Laguna BeachParticipants. SIGMOD Record 18(1): 17-26 (1989)


  2. Abraham Silberschatz, Michael Stonebraker, and Jeffrey D. Ullman: Database Systems: Achievements andOpportunities. CACM 34(10): 110-120 (1991)


  3. Abraham Silberschatz, Michael Stonebraker, and Jeffrey D. Ullman: Database Research; Achievements andOpportunities into the 21st Century. SIGMOD Record 25(1): 52-63 (1996)


  4. Abraham Silberschatz, Stanley B. Zdonik, et al: Strategic Directions in Database Systems - Breaking Out of the Box. ACM Computing Surveys 28(4): 764-778 (Dec. 1996).


  5. Philip A. Bernstein, Michael L. Brodie, Stefano Ceri, David J. DeWitt, Michael J. Franklin, Hector Garcia-Molina, Jim Gray, Gerald Held, Joseph M. Hellerstein, H. V. Jagadish, Michael Lesk, David Maier, Jeffrey F. Naughton, Hamid Pirahesh, Michael Stonebraker, and Jeffrey D. Ullman: The Asilomar Report on Database Research. SIGMOD Record 27(4): 74-80 (1998)


  6. Serge Abiteboul, Rakesh Agrawal, Philip A. Bernstein, Michael J. Carey, Stefano Ceri, W. Bruce Croft, David J. DeWitt, Michael J. Franklin, Hector Garcia-Molina, Dieter Gawlick, Jim Gray, Laura M. Haas, Alon Y. Halevy, Joseph M. Hellerstein, Yannis E. Ioannidis, Martin L. Kersten, Michael J. Pazzani, Michael Lesk, David Maier, Jeffrey F. Naughton, Hans-Jörg Schek, Timos K. Sellis, Avi Silberschatz, Michael Stonebraker, Richard T. Snodgrass, Jeffrey D. Ullman, Gerhard Weikum, Jennifer Widom, and Stanley B. Zdonik: The Lowell Database Research Self-Assessment. CoRR cs.DB/0310006, 2003. Also in CACM 48(5): 111-118, 2005.


  7. Rakesh Agrawal, Anastasia Ailamaki, Philip A. Bernstein, Eric A. Brewer, Michael J. Carey, Surajit Chaudhuri, AnHai Doan, Daniela Florescu, Michael J. Franklin, Hector Garcia‐ Molina, Johannes Gehrke, Le Gruenwald, Laura M. Haas, Alon Y. Halevy, Joseph M. Hellerstein, Yannis E. Ioannidis, Hank F. Korth, Donald Kossmann, Samuel Madden, Roger Magoulas, Beng Chin Ooi, Tim O’Reilly, Raghu Ramakrishnan, Sunita Sarawagi, Michael Stonebraker, Alexander S. Szalay, Gerhard Weikum: The Claremont Report on Database Research. May, 2008.

Appendix: Topics From Past Self-Assessments ( Tables come from "The Claremont Report on Database Research")

Table 1 External Forces Driving the Database Field in Each Assessment

Table 2 Recurring Topics in Database Research Assessment Meetings

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