Database Reading Group

The Database Reading Group is a Datalab-sponsored entity that exists to discuss papers related (broadly speaking) to database technology. We meet on a weekly basis, Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. The standard meeting place is room 130 in PSU's Fourth Avenue Building. The group welcomes anyone, inside or outside of PSU, with an interest in the subject matter. Designated group members will lead the discussion each week.

DIRECTIONS: From the building's main entrance on Fourth Ave., follow the hallway at the northeast (far left) corner of the large lobby until it ends with a set of glass doors on your right. Enter these doors into a study area. A neon sign announcing the Department of Computer Science will be in front of you. Room 130 is the second glass door on the left from the main office door. It does not require badge access and should be open.

We occasionally need to move to a different location; if we know in advance, it will be listed below.

Reading group announcements are sent to the group mailing list at To (un)subscribe to this list, use the mailman web interface.

Scheduled papers (with Web links where possible) and discussion leaders are listed below. You can also see a list of papers previously discussed.


Friday, 25 April 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Schema exchange: Generic mappings for transforming data and metadata

Data & Knowledge Engineering Volume 68 Issue 7, July, 2009

Author(s): Paolo Papotti and Riccardo Torlone

Discussion Leader: Scott Britell

Friday, 02 May 2014 @ 10:00 AM

The Bohemian Bookshelf: Supporting Serendipitous Book Discoveries through Information Visualization

CHI '12 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2012

Author(s): Alice Thudt, Uta Hinrichs and Sheelagh Carpendale

Discussion Leader: Hisham Benotman

Friday, 09 May 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Automatic Web Spreadsheet Data Extraction

VLDB Workshop on Semantic Search over the Web, Trento, Italy. 2013

Author(s): Zhe Chen, Michael Cafarella

Discussion Leader: Abdussalam Alawini

Friday, 23 May 2014 @ 10:00 AM

The Conceptual Model ≡ An Adequate and Dependable Artifact Enhanced by Concepts

Info Modeling & Knowledge Bases, IOS Press, 2014

Author(s): Bernhard Thalheim

Discussion Leader: Lois Delcambre

Friday, 30 May 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Shark: SQL and Rich Analytics at Scale

Proceedings of the 2013 international conference on Management of data.

Author(s): R. Xin, J. Rosen, M. Zaharia, M. Franklin, S. Shenker, I. Stoica

Discussion Leader: Patrick Leyshock

Friday, 06 June 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Table extraction using conditional random fields

SIGIR '03 Proceedings

Author(s): David Pinto, Andrew McCallum, Xing Wei and W. Bruce Croft

Discussion Leader: Done Hertel