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SIGMOD/PODS 2013 attendees can create a personal online schedule using the Confer conference scheduling tool: http://confer.csail.mit.edu/ 
Confer helps you build a personal schedule for SIGMOD/PODS 2013.  Key features include:

- bookmarking of your favorite papers and sessions
- getting social recommendations on other papers and sessions you may like
- creating a personal schedule and find interesting talks at the conference

Confer runs in your browser, and works both on desktop and mobile devices. It also supports offline mode so once you have loaded the app, it will continue to work without an Internet connection.  In addition, your favorites, recommendations, and schedule are synced across devices, so you will have everything available on your desktop, tablet, and phone.

Only 3 days before SIGMOD/PODS 2013. Follow @acmsigmod2013 on twitter  to get updates during the conference.

How about the open the hangout?

Hi all,

I would like to draw your attention to the "Reflections on PODS" WS as described below. We have a great list of panelists, so we hope to see you all there. 

Mini-Workshop "Reflections on PODS"
Tuesday evening, June 25, 2013, at the SIGMOD/PODS hotel

Two years ago, in Athens, PODS celebrated her 30th anniversary with a very nice event that provided a retrospective on the role of database theory. We believe that the time is now ripe for the database theory community to meet and reflect on itself and its relationship with computer science at large. There are two broad, interrelated dimensions for such a reflection, namely, scientific and community. Along the scientific dimension we ask: How can we enhance our research and be even more influential in the future? What are the guiding themes and questions that should underlie the focus of PODS in the 2010's and 2020's? Should the notion of foundations of data management be redefined in order to incorporate new areas and/or include the new contexts in which data is used? Which kind of interactions and synergies exist between core PODS research and the research done in neighbouring disciplines, such as theory, IR, data mining, AI, Semantic Web, and others? Along the community dimension we ask: Who are we? Which kind of community have we built? How do the rest of the related CS communities perceive us? How can we strengthen and grow our community while maintaining and fostering our high level of research quality and impact?

PODS has a name among theoretical computer science conferences for a good reason, and we think we can do things to maintain and possibly even improve this reputation. The mini-workshop described here is intended to provide a structured starting point for reflection on these issues.

Mini-workshop Content and Structure

The mini-workshop will be held on Tuesday evening at PODS
and consists of a panel of 8 experts presenting their vision on PODS (80 minutes), followed by a guided discussion (about one hour).

The panel will focus on the following four big (and overlapping) questions:

(Q1) What is PODS from the scientific perspective? 
(Q2) What is the relationship of database theory with neighbour disciplines?
(Q3) Which kind of scientific community is PODS? 
(Q4) What are the big challenges for database theory in the future?

Each one of these questions will be studied and presented by two experts:

(Q1) Phokion Kolaitis and Dan Suciu.
(Q2) Tova Milo and Mihalis Yannakakis.
(Q3) Serge Abiteboul and Georg Gottlob.
(Q4) Surajit Chaudhuri and Jeffrey Naughton.

Organizers

Pablo Barcelo (University of Chile)
Wim Martens (University of Bayreuth)

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The deadline for early registration to SIGMOD/PODS 2013 is this week, May 25th. To register, visit www.regonline.com/2013sigmodpods

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The registration site for SIGMOD/PODS 2013 is now online. To register, visit www.regonline.com/2013sigmodpods

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I plan to attend.
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