Sixth International Workshop on
Evolution and Change in Data Management
(ECDM 2012)

Florence, Italy, 15 October 2012

(in conjunction with the 31st International Conference on Conceptual Modelling, ER 2012)


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 that minimize service disruption and down time and maximize availability of data and applications. 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 sixth ECDM workshop (the first five ECDM workshops were held with ER'99 in Paris, France, with ER'02 in Tampere, Finland, with ER'04 in Shanghai, China, with ER'06 in Tucson, Arizona and with ER'08 in Barcelona, Spain) will deal with the manner in which change can be handled, and the semantics of evolving data, metadata and their structure in computer based systems.

An explicit aim of ECDM workshops it to bring together scientists and practitioners interested in evolution and change aspects in different research fields and, thus, often belonging to completely separate communities. Such an interaction could be tighter and cross-fertilization more useful in the context of a collaborative workshop than in the context of the ER main conference or of conferences with a narrower scope (e.g. dealing with temporal databases or with XML versioning or with ontology evolution)

Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

Publication of Proceedings

Proceedings of all ER 2012 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 2012 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 2012 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 ECDM 2012 Workshop

(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 2012 Conference.

Final Progam

The ECDM 2012 Programme will 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 2012 Chair, on +39 051 209 3540.