July 1, 2010

Why you should go to XLDB4

Scientific data commonly:

In those respects, it is akin to some of the hottest areas for big data analytics, including:

So when Jacek Becla started the XLDB conferences on the premise that scientific and big data analytic challenges have a lot in common, he had a point. There are several tough database problems that the science-focused folks have taken the leading in thinking about, but which are soon going to matter to the commercial world as well. And that’s one of two big reasons why you should consider participating in XLDB4, October 6-7, at the SLAC facility in Menlo Park, CA, as an attendee, sponsor, or both.

The other big reason is that it is important for the world that XLDB succeed. Computer technology to analyze global warming is lacking; better database technology is one of the ways it could improve. Database technology also has important potential contributions to make in medical research and other worthy endeavors, and in a lot of purer science too (Jacek himself is an astronomy guy).

Other reasons to get involved with XLDB4 include:

All in all, I intend to spend three whole days attending conference sessions that week, which is something I almost never do. But it’s for my two favorite causes – scientific data management and liberty/privacy. Stayed tuned for news on the latter front soon.

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2 Responses to “Why you should go to XLDB4”

  1. A few notes from XLDB 4 | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on October 10th, 2010 1:49 pm

    […] much as I believe in the XLDB conferences, I only found time to go to (a big) part of one day of XLDB 4 myself. In […]

  2. The XLDB4 Conference for Very Large Databases on February 25th, 2013 2:06 pm

    […] If you are uncertain whether to attend, I would recommend reading the article recently written by Curt Monash: http://www.dbms2.com/2010/07/01/why-you-should-go-to-xldb4/ […]

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