Fifth International Workshop on Evolution and Change in Data Management
(ECDM 2008)

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 23 October 2008

(to be held in conjunction with the 27th International Conference on Conceptual Modelling, ER 2008)


Change is a fundamental but sometimes neglected aspect of information and database systems. The management of evolution and change and the ability for database, information and knowledge-based systems to deal with change is an essential component in developing and maintaining truly useful systems. Many approaches to handling evolution and change have been proposed in various areas of data management and this forum seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners from both more established areas and those from emerging areas to look at this issue. The fifth ECDM workshop (the first four ECDM workshops were held with ER'99 in Paris, France, with ER'02 in Tampere, Finland, with ER'04 in Shanghai, China and with ER'06 in Tucson, Arizona) will deal with the manner in which change can be handled, and the semantics of evolving data and data structure in computer based systems.

Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

Publication of Proceedings

Proceedings of all ER 2008 workshops will be published as part of the Springer-Verlag, Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS), as a single volume separate from the ER Conference proceedings. ECDM 2008 Proceedings will be available for all workshop participants. Springer-Verlag publishes a full-text electronic version of LNCS in parallel with the printed version, so the electronic source of accepted papers will be required (LaTeX 2e format is preferred).

Format and Submission of Papers

Format of submissions will as for the other ER 2008 workshops (10 pages in LNCS standard format). Submissions should be by electronic mail to the address in PostScript or PDF format by the due date. All correspondence with authors will be via e-mail so please ensure that your submission includes an e-mail address for the corresponding author. Paper format should follow Springer guidelines.

Key Dates for all ER 2008 Workshops

(key dates for the main conference can be found here)

Accepted Papers

The list of accepted papers can be be found here. Successful authors must refer to the instructions listed on the Springer Web site or to the Authors Instructions given for the main ER 2008 Conference.

Final Progam

The ECDM 2008 Programme (including a copy of the slides of Carlo Zaniolo's keynote) can be be found here.

Important Links

Workshop Chair

Fabio Grandi, University of Bologna, Italy, Email:

Program Committee

General enquiries should be addressed to:
This address can also be used to request a hard copy of the Call for Papers.
Alternatively fax your name and address to Fabio Grandi, ECDM 2008 Chair, on +39 051 209 3540.