The biannual BTW conference is the major forum of the database communities in
Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and brings together scientists and practitioners
from this central European region and beyond.
The BTW conference series started in 1985 in Karlsruhe
at a time when database technology was beginning to evolve from its prior focus
on managing traditional business data
towards covering also applications in office automation, engineering, and
scientific data management.
Today database technology is probably the most important cornerstone of the software industry;
it is indispensable for building global business portals and coordinating electronic process,
as infrastructure for telecommunications and other embedded technologies, and for a wide
variety of Web applications. With the new age of information explosion, virtualization, and
globalization new challenges are emerging
such as large-scale information integration, collaborative data mining, or
coping with the "Deep Web" and constructing the envisioned "Semantic Web".
The 10th BTW Conference will take place from Feburary 26 through February 28, 2003,
in Leipzig, a city in East Germany of great cultural heritage:
it is the city of the late work of Johann Sebastian Bach,
the location of Auerbachs Keller made famous
by Goethe's Faust,
the place where Napoleon was defeated in the Battle of Nations in 1813,
and the origin of the German reunion starting with the Monday Demonstrations in 1989.
The BTW'2003 conference comprises invited talks, a scientific and an industrial program.
In addition it includes a tutorial program and a student program. For the second time,
excellent dissertations in the field will be awarded during the conference.
BTW'2003 will be co-located with the KiVS'2003 conference,
the 13th German Conference on Communications in Distributed Systems.