The proceedings of the 28th edition of the BNCOD conference are available online.
The venue for next year's event will be announced through the usual fora as soon as it is finally decided. The BNCOD community looks forward to 2012 and beyond! Over.
Wed 14 Jul 2011: The final event of the day is the PhD Forum. Six students presented their ongoing work to an audience of peers and experienced academics. The hot areas seem to be XML compression, XML updates, sensor network query processing and dataspaces for linked data. The sun held up to the last! Alas, it seems we're back to Mancunian weather for the weekend, but we had a good time!
Wed 14 Jul 2011: BNCOD 2011 concludes! Our thanks to all involved, ans most of all to the authors who chose this great historic conference as the venue for communicating their results. Thanks too to all the delegates, and to the members of the programme and organizing committees who worked hard over a whole year to make the event the success it was.
Wed 14 Jul 2011: The final research session over, we had the pleasure of listening to a great keynote by Karl Aberer, full of insights and very instigating. The sun is holding up!
Wed 14 Jul 2011: The final day of BNCOD 2011 is underway. Under the close watch of Stan, the conference dinner at the Manchester Museum yesterday night was a great success.
Wed 13 Jul 2011: After two excellent research paper sessions, the BNCOD 2011 poster/demos sessions was a great success. In the large plasma screens, the quality of the research software presented shone brighter (glitches? what glitches?!). A large audience was well rewarded.
Wed 13 Jul 2011: Day 2 of BNCOD 2011 is on. A glitch with the coffee is more than compensated by an excellent tutorial by Gerald Schaefer and some exciting papers and poster/demos in the programme for today. And then there's the conference dinner to look forward to in the evening!
Tue 12 Jul 2011: After a stimulating keynote by Christian Bizer and a first paper session packed with interest, the walking tour of Manchester taught even the Mancunians a few things about this great city's past.
Tue 12 Jul 2011: BNCOD 2011 is underway! First delegates arriving. Manchester welcomes them with sunshine!
Tue 12 Jul 2011: TLAD has finished. Quite interesting papers on various aspects of database teaching, the best of which will appear in the BNCOD 2011 proceedings.
Mon 11 Jul 2011: TLAD is underway! BNCOD 2011 starts tomorrow!
Sun 10 Jul 2011: The conference poster is available for download.
The British National Conference on Databases (BNCOD) was established in 1980 as a forum for discussing original research in the theory and practice of database systems. Since then, BNCOD has always attracted an international audience to discuss the leading research topics of the day in the field of data, information and knowledge management. The 28th British National Conference on Databases (BNCOD 2011) will be held at the University of Manchester from 12th to 14th of July 2011.
BNCOD is a broad conference and showcases the latest research results in all areas of data, information and knowledge management. For some years, every edition of BNCOD has centred around a main theme, acting as a focal point for keynote addresses, tutorials, demos, etc.
The theme of BNCOD 2011 will be "Linked Data". The phrase characterises, according to some, a sub-topic in the broader vision of a Semantic Web and is generally understood as "a set of best practices for publishing and connecting structured data on the Web. These best practices have been adopted by an increasing number of data providers over the last three years, leading to the creation of a global data space containing billions of assertions - the Web of Data." 
This surge in the availability and variety of linked data (as shown, e.g., by the growing Linked Open Data Cloud  has stimulated the development of groundbreaking research, tools  (e.g., publishing frameworks, browsers and search engines) and applications .
On the research front, and from a BNCOD perspective, a Web of Data raises challenges at all levels, from the underlying data model to novel query languages to global-scale semantic integration to massively distributed query execution over heterogenous environments.
The UK has been contributing to this surge at the highest levels by making government data (as well as tools) widely available . Many UK organisations are leaders in the linked data movement. BNCOD 2011 hopes to provide a window into these exciting initiatives.
Particular features of BNCOD 2011 include: