Welcome to the proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Scientific
and Statistical Database Management held in Portland, Oregon, where it celebrated
its 30th birthday. The first incarnation of SSDBM (then called the Workshop
on Statistical Database Management) took place in Menlo Park, California,
in December 1981. Since that time, SSDBM added a second ‘S,’ for “Scientific,”
then switched the orders of the ‘S’s, and upgraded “Workshop” to “Working
Conference” to “Conference.” Initially held roughly every other year, SSDBM
now convenes annually, alternating between North America and Europe or Asia.
It remains an intimate conference, where one has a chance to interact with all
the other attendees.
This year marked the return of SSDBM to the Pacific Northwest, having
previously been held in Olympia, Washington (1997). The shift of the conference
time from winter to summer may have deprived attendees of enjoying the famous
Portland rain, but I hope that lack was compensated by the other attractions of
the city: its brewpubs and baristas; the urban parks and gardens; the wineries
and farmers markets; and the nearby natural wonders of the Columbia River
Gorge, the Oregon Coast and Mount St. Helens.
SSDBM is an independent conference, and succeeds by the efforts of its allvolunteer
Organizing Committee. On the technical side, I thank Judy Cushing
and Jim French for their recruitment of the Program Committee and oversight of
the review process. Shawn Bowers excelled as Proceedings Editor and EasyChair
wrangler. Thanks as well to the PC members and ancillary reviewers. In the financial
realm, Len Shapiro and Michael Grossniklaus set up SSDBM 2011 as an
Oregon Corporation, and Michael oversaw our budget and banking. Bill Howe
ran the registration site and was instrumental in arranging our sponsorships.
Locally, Laura Bright and Kristin Tufte managed our arrangements within the
hotel, as well as doing tireless research on a suitable restaurant for our dinner.
Dave Hansen oversaw all the student volunteers. Thanks as well to Stephanie
Lewis and the staff of University Place. For conference communications, Pete
Tucker maintained our website and David Chiu coordinated announcements and
information for SSDBM participants. I also thank the SSDBM Steering Committee,
particularly Ari Shoshani for his corporate memory, and Michael Gertz
for information on the Heidelberg conference (and surplus funds!).