The SIGMOD Systems Award is awarded to an individual or set of individuals to recognize the development of a piece of software that made a significant technical contribution to the database management field and which was made available for others to use. The nomination deadline is April 1, 2016.
The SIGMOD Systems Award is awarded to an individual or set of individuals to recognize the development of a piece of software that made a significant technical contribution to the database management field and which was made available for others to use. Typically, such contributions have enabled the management of data in ways that was not possible before; e.g., in terms of scale, speed, cost, security, or diversity of the data that could be managed and/or processed. Libraries and benchmarks are also eligible for this award. The impact must be apparent in the wide-spread adoption of the system or its underlying concepts by industry, the open-source community, or the research community.
The SIGMOD Systems Award will be given annually.
The winners will receive a prize of $10,000 provided by Microsoft.
Systems that have won the ACM Software Systems Award are not eligible for the SIGMOD Systems Award. Individuals that have won the ACM Turing Award are also ineligible in the case that the contributions cited in the nomination overlap with those cited in the Turing Award announcement.
Nominations for posthumous awards will only be considered in highly unusual circumstances.
The SIGMOD Systems Award committee will be composed of five individuals and will be independent of the existing SIGMOD award committees. The members of the committee will be appointed by the SIGMOD Chair in consultation with the SIGMOD EC and the current chair of the SIGMOD Systems Award committee. Each year one individual will rotate off the committee and a new member will be added. The first chair of the selection committee will be David DeWitt. The other members of the initial committee are Mike Stonebraker, Mike Carey, Yanlei Diao, and Mike Cafarella.
Nominations for the SIGMOD Systems Award should be submitted (as a single PDF file) to the committee chair at email@example.com. Submitted materials should explain the contribution in terms understandable to a non-specialist. Each nomination involves several components:
- Name, address, phone number, and email address of nominator (person making the nomination). The most appropriate person to submit a nomination would be a recognized member of the community who is not from the same organization as the candidate and who can address the candidate’s impact on the broader community. Self-nominations will not be considered.
- Name, address, and email address of the individuals(s) being nominated. It is ACM’s policy not to tell candidates who has nominated or endorsed them.
- Suggested citation if the system is selected. This should be a concise statement (maximum of 25 words) describing the system and its benefits that have had a lasting influence, and detailing the contributions of the individual or set of individuals who were responsible for its creation. Note that the final wording for awardees will be at the discretion of the Award Committee.
- Nomination statement (250-500 words in length) addressing why the system should receive this award. This should draw particular attention to the contributions that merit the award. Whenever feasible, the nomination statement should include at least one reference to a published paper describing the system which is being proposed for the award.
- Supporting letters from at least 3 (but not more than 5) are strongly encouraged. Endorsers should be chosen to represent a range of perspectives and institutions and provide additional insights or evidence of the system’s/candidate’s impact. Each letter must include the name, address, and telephone number of the endorser, and should focus on the accomplishments which that endorser can attest to and place in context. The nominator should collect the letters and bundle them for submission.
April 1, 2016