USETIM (Using Search Engine Technology for Information Management)

For information management, databases offer precise, controlled access to data. But, they do not offer the easy-to-use search capabilities that most knowledge workers manipulate daily on sites such as Google. Access to information contained in databases is more difficult, and more restricted. One solution to this information bottleneck is to let search engines support the brunt of the work, by offloading information from the database into alternative infrastructures, such as that provided by search engine technology. Many business applications such as search, report generation and data analysis might be performed more efficiently on the replicated data without involving the native database technology, e.g. transactions. These offloaded databases, retaining some of their structure, can be recombined, mashed up, creating one-off, possibly disposable, databases, while the primary data is safe in the original database. This workshop will examine the limits and potentialities of use information retrieval and search engine technology for information management (IM) applications.

USETIM 2009 will be held Monday, August 24, 2009 during VLDB 2009 at the Cite Internationale (Convention Center, and in Lyon, France.

Schedule: August 24, 2009

08:45-08:55 Welcome
08:55-09:40 Invited talk: To structure or not to structure, is that the question? - Slides
Paolo Atzeni, Università Roma Tre
09:40-10:05 Data-driven optimization of search service composition for answering multi-domain queries - Paper, Slides
Davide Barbieri, Alessandro Bozzon, Daniele Braga, Marco Brambilla, Alessandro Campi, Stefano Ceri, Emanuele Della Valle, Piero Fraternali, Michael Grossniklaus, Davide Martinenghi, Stefania Ronchi and Marco Tagliasacchi
10:05-10:30 A Confluence of Column Stores and Search Engines: Opportunities and Challenges - Paper, Slides
Truls A Bjørklund, Johannes Gehrke and Øystein Torbjørnsen
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:45 Invited talk: Christian Konig, Microsoft - Slides
11:45-12:10 Evaluation of Query Generators for Entity Search Engines - Paper, Slides
Stefan Endrullis, Andreas Thor and Erhard Rahm
12:10-12:35 Symphony: Enabling Search-Driven Applications - Paper, Slides
John C. Shafer, Rakesh Agrawal and Hady W. Lauw


Gregory Grefenstette Exalead, France
Wolfgang Nejdl University of Hannover, Germany
David Simmen IBM Almaden, USA

Program Committee

Rakesh Agrawal Microsoft, USA
Hannah Bast Max-Planck Institute, Germany
Lukas Biewald Dolores Labs, USA
Stefano Ceri Politecnico de Milano, Italy
Eben Haber IBM, USA
Donald Kossmann ETHZ, Switzerland
Pankaj Mehra HP, Russia
Johannes Meinecke SAP, Germany
Guillaume Pierre Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands
Swami Sivasubramanian Amazon, USA
Qi Su Aster Data Systems, USA
Øystein Torbjørnsen FAST, Norway
Ingmar Weber EPFL, Switzerand