Diversity and Inclusion in Database Conferences

The Data Management community is committed to the promotion of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our professional activities. We celebrate the diversity in our community and welcome everyone regardless of age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, country of origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, education, and work experience. We also welcome people and opinions of all political persuasions, as long as they abide by the ACM policy against harassment. Our initiative coordinates D&I efforts across the data management community and includes this year’s D&I chairs of SIGMOD, VLDB, SoCC, EDBT, and ICDE.

 

Our Mission

Make diversity and inclusion a first class citizen in our conferences. Establish a feedback loop to better understand our standing with respect to all underrepresented groups. Ultimately, guide our community to adopt a more inclusive mindset in general toward different individuals regardless of their age, gender, gender identity, race, cultural background, religion, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, parental and marital status, etc. Discourage discriminatory behavior during events that cause certain groups to feel unwelcome. This initiative is in collaboration with DBCares at SIGMOD and VLDB following the ACM policy against harassment and processes for reporting unacceptable behavior. Our code of conduct can be found here.

 

Our Actions

COORDINATE This action is in charge of coordinating between core members, liaisons, and the current year's D&I chairs.
REACH OUT This action is in charge of collecting data and experiences from our community.
INCLUDE This action is in charge of monitoring and recommending all inclusion efforts.
ORGANIZE This action is in charge of in-conference organization such as code of conduct.
INFORM This action is in charge of informing our community.
SUPPORT This action is in charge of coordinating D&I support from executive bodies and sponsors.
SCOUT This action is in charge of collating D&I efforts from other communities and advocating learned ideas in the DB community.

We welcome suggestions for events, formats, changes in procedures, outreach, and other activities that promote our goals in enhancing diversity, amplifying underrepresented voices, and creating a more inclusive data management community.

 

D&I Materials

Feel free to share, reuse, and modify these materials as you wish for your conference or other purposes. Acknowledgment of the content creators is appreciated.

Inclusion and Diversity in Writing
Tips for Creating Inclusive Talks and Videos

 

Software

Our efforts are enabled by the following software that are deployed in various DB venues and beyond.

CLOSET: A comprehensive tool for detection and management of conflict-of-interest (COI) in peer-reviewed venues
GAP - Gender Analysis for Publications: A tool to analyze the gender distribution in scientific publications

 

Our 2022 Meetings

Meeting 10 Feb 11, 2022: Code of Ethics/Code of Conduct, Extencing D&I to journals and workshops. CIDR 2022 debriefs, DEBS/ADBIS/EDBT 2022 prep.

Our 2021 Meetings

Meeting 11 Jun 24, 2022: Upcoming.
Meeting 10 Apr 8, 2022: Discussion Code of Ethics and Bylaws of our initiative. Webpage update for 2022. EDBT/ICDT report. ICDE/SIGMOD prep.
Meeting 9 Feb 11, 2022: Discussion on extending D&I to workshops/demos/journals. Report on CIDR/ADBIS/DEBS.
Meeting 8 Sep 24, 2021: VLDB 2021 debrief, SIGMOD Report prep.
Meeting 7 July 2, 2021: MDM, DEBS, SIGMOD 2021 debriefs and VLDB, WISE, SoCC, ADBIS 2021 prep.
Meeting 6 May 7, 2021: EDBT/ICDT and ICDE debriefs including automatic COI detection tool, SIGMOD prep.
Meeting 5 April 9, 2021: Ullman situation.
Meeting 4 March 19. 2021: Pre-EDBT/ICDT and ICDE 2021: Questionnaire launch.
Meeting 3 Feb 19, 2021: Questionnaire and reach out to individual conferences.
Meeting 2 Jan 29, 2021: Webpage setup and advertisement.
Meeting 1 Dec 11, 2020: definition of ACTIONS.

People

Jump to Core Members, Liaisons, Current D&I Chairs of DB Conferences.

Core Members

Sihem Amer-Yahia

Sihem is a Silver Medal CNRS Research Director at the University Grenoble Alpes. She leads the COORDINATE action at D&I in DM

Juliana Freire

Juliana is a Professor of Computer Science and Data Science at New York University, and the Elected Chair of the ACM SIGMOD. She leads the SUPPORT action at D&I in DM

Victor Zakhary

Victor is Senior Member of Technical Staff at Oracle, Bay Area. He co-leads the INCLUDE action at D&I in DB

Alexandra Meliou

Alexandra is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She co-leads the ORGANIZE action at D&I in DB

Wang-Chiew Tan

Wang-Chiew is a research scientist at Facebook AI. She co-leads the INFORM and ORGANIZE actions at D&I in DB

Sourav Bhowmick

Sourav is an associate professor at Nanyang Technological University. He co-leads the INFORM actions at D&I in DB

Avrilia Floratou

Avrilia is a research scientist at Microsoft, She co-leads the REACH OUT action at D&I in DB

Fatma Ozcan

Fatma is a principal research engineer at Google, She co-leads the REACH OUT action at D&I in DB

Sujaya Maiyya

Sujaya is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Santa Barbara. She co-leads the SCOUT action at D&I in DB

Madhulika Mohanty

Madhulika is a postdoctoral researcher at Inria, Saclay. She co-leads the SCOUT action at D&I in DB

Liaisons

Amr El Abbadi

is Prof at UCSB and serves as liaison for TCDE

Divyakant Agrawal

Divy is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He serves as liaison for the SIGMOD Executive Committee

Liat Peterfreund

is a CNRS researcher in LIGM (Paris-Est University) and serves as liaison for the PODS Executive Committee

Meihui Zhang

is Prof at Beijing Institute of Technology and serves as liaison for the VLDB Endowment

Genoveva Vargas-Solar

is a CNRS Research Scientist and serves as liaison for the EDBT Executive Committee

Current D&I Chairs of DB Conferences

Genoveva Vargas Solar

D&I chair for EDBT/ICDT 2022-23

Panos K. Chrysanthis

D&I chair for EDBT/ICDT 2022-23, DEBS 2022, and MDM 2021-22

Vana Kalogeraki

D&I chair for DEBS 2022 and MDM 2021-22

Renata Borovica-Gajic

D&I Co-Chair for SIGMOD 2022

Pinar Tozun

D&I Co-Chair for SIGMOD 2022

Jerome Darmont

D&I Co-Chair for ADBIS 2022

Alekh Jindal

D&I Co-Chair for CIDR 2022

Yuanyuan Tian

D&I Co-Chair for CIDR 2022

Shazia Sadiq

D&I Co-Chair for VLDB 2022

Gillian Dobbie

D&I Co-Chair for VLDB 2022