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Welcome to DiSC 2005!

ACM SIGMOD Digital Symposium Collection, DiSC, is a comprehensive collection of periodicals in the areas of databases and information management. This seventh issue of DiSC, DiSC'05, includes tens of Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops, and Journals. It also includes videos of invited keynote addresses delivered at SIGMOD and PODS 2004. Many included forums are from 2004, and a few from 2003. These material are published by VLDB Endowment, ACM, IEEE, Kluwer and Springer. DiSC'05 is the result of a collaboration among DiSC's associate editors who compile the contents of different conferences. I continue to be impressed by both the amount of data and the distributed nature of the collaboration. I am thankful for each editor's service.

This is the second release of DiSC created using DiSCGenesis, a web-based infrastructure that empowers editors to upload content and collaborate with one another. Montra, a Los Angeles based company, maintained this infrastructure and offered it as a service. Montra deserves a special thank you for its wonderful quality work.

This year, the following undergraduate students at USC played a major role in completing DiSC 2005: Christopher Golden, Haibo Lu and Kimberly Swertfager. While Haibo and Kimberly uploaded content onto http://sigmod.discgenesis.net, Christopher helped with the Python scripts that generate the html pages. A special thank you to all three for making DiSC'05 possible.

Finally, my daughter, who is the same age as DiSC, has learned to read and write as a first grader. She has become used to the icons and spent most of this past year sounding out the name of the icons.

Both the editorial board and I hope DiSC'05 is a timely reference material for your research activities.

Shahram Ghandeharizadeh,
Los Angeles, California,
April 2, 2005.



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