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2014 ACM Fellows
The ACM has named several members of the SIGMOD community as ACM fellows for 2014. The honorees are Foto Afrati, Charles Bachmann, Juliana Freire, Johannes Gehrke, Shamkant Navathe, Jignesh Patel, Ramakrishnan Srikant and S. Sudarshan.
Ihab Ilyas named an ACM Distinguished Member in 2014
The Distinguished Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.
SIGMOD Record Call For Papers: Special Issue on Visionary Ideas in Data Management
Submission deadline: March 15, 2015 Publication of the special issue: June 2015 This special issue of SIGMOD Record seeks papers describing visions of future systems, frameworks, algorithms, applications, and technology related to the management or use of data. The goal of this special issue is to promote the discussion and sharing of challenges and ideas that are not necessarily well-explored at the time of writing, but have potential for significantly expanding the possibilities and horizons of the field of databases and data management. The submissions will be evaluated on their originality, significance, potential impact, and interest to the community, with less emphasis on the current level of maturity, technical depth, and evaluation.
Data Science Initiative
ACM is a partner in the first-ever National Data Science Bowl, which launched on 12/15. $175,000 in prize money to top three individual contestants and the top academic team. More at
Kristina Lerman is the featured blogger at the SIGMOD Blog.
Kristina blogs about the friendship paradox in "Why your friends have more to be thankful for." Visit to read more.
Michael L. Brodie and Jennie Duggan on "Big Data Is Opening the Door To Revolutions: Databases Should Be Next" at the SIGMOD Blog.
Most professional fields, whether in business or academia, rely on data and have done so for centuries. In the digital age and with the emergence of Big Data, this dependency is growing dramatically – perhaps out of proportion to its current value given the concepts, tools, and techniques presently available. Read more at the SIGMOD blog:
Call for Nominations - 2015 ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award
The annual ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the broad field of data management. This is an advance notice for the invitation of submissions for dissertations awarded between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014 that will follow soon. More details on the submission and on the evaluation procedures can be found at
Sihem Amer-Yahia on "Quality Experiments Crowdsourced" at the SIGMOD Blog
Crowdsourcing is a powerful paradigm that democratizes the creation, collection, analysis, curation, and dissemination of data, contributed by millions of individuals, who are called workers. Early crowdsourcing platforms in the context of citizen reporting and citizen sciences were dedicated to specific tasks. Today, many other platforms that expect workers with different expertise exist. Among them, we can find Turkit, Mob4hire, uTest, Freelancer, eLance, oDesk, Guru, Topcoder, Trada, 99design, Innocentive, CloudCrowd, and CloudFlower. The most popular one is Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) that is generic and allows any requester to post virtually any kind of task in which any worker can participate via self-appointment.
Now on the SIGMOD Blog - Four bloggers explore exploratory search
Melanie Herschel, Yannis Tzitzikas, K. Selcuk Candan, and Amelie Marian join forces to blog about exploratory search. Visit to read more.
Guy Lohman is the featured blogger at the SIGMOD Blog.
Visit to read Guy's blog on "Is Query Optimization a “Solved” Problem?".
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