International ODBMS Conference Announced

ODBMS.ORG, a vendor-independent non-profit group of high-profile software experts lead by Prof. Roberto Zicari, today announced to support the first international conference purely focused on object databases of our decade. The ICOODB is organized by an independent committee, headed by ODBMS.ORG experts Prof. Dr. Stefan Edlich (TFH Berlin) and Dr. James Paterson (Glasgow Caledonian University) and takes place on March 13 and 14, 2008 at the University of Applied Sciences (TFH) in the German capital of Berlin.

“The conference is a unique opportunity for researchers, developers and students to meet in person and exchange insights on object databases,” said Prof. Edlich. “It addresses people with an interest in object databases, who look for innovative ways to bring objects and databases together and for alternatives or extensions to relational databases and mappers.”

The organizers have already lined up a host of speakers to represent all facets of the industry, including Christof Wittig, CEO of db4objects, ODBMS.ORG experts Robert Greene and Carl Rosenberger as well asMike Card on the ODMG4 standardization efforts at the OMG and Ralph Westphal on software transactional memory.

With object oriented programming languages now fully in the mainstream, the data in many of today’s applications no longer fits easily into the rows and columns of the traditional dataset. A new generation of object database management systems (ODBMS) is unlocking new possibilities for persisting complex object structures.

Since object databases are not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, a key purpose of the ICOODB conference is to promote a better understanding of the benefits and applicability of object database technology.

The organizers have called for papers and contributions and invite everybody interested to submit their proposal to Stefan Edlich, particularly but not limited to the areas of:

  • General research on object databases
  • Comparisons of ODBMS products
  • Industry case studies, practical applications
  • Query languages
  • Performance and benchmarks
  • Architecture and patterns
  • ODBMS in mobile and embedded systems
  • High availability ODBMS
  • ODBMS and programming languages
  • ODBMS standards
  • ODBMS in education
  • Object database implementation strategies

More information about the conference at

ODBMS.ORG ( is a vendor-independent, not-for-profit educational program on object database technology and the integration between object-oriented programming and databases. Designed by Prof. Roberto Zicari of Frankfurt University, the program’s goal is to promote and further the use of object databases – by offering free resources for students, faculty and researchers at universities and research centers, as well as for JAVA and .NET developers in the commercial and the open source world. Content is provided by a panel of internationally recognized experts, who share research articles and teaching materials with the community via the organization’s Web portal.

Contact ODBMS.ORG at

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