In 2013, ICDT started to give a Test-of-time Award for the paper (or a small number of papers) that has had the most impact in terms of research, methodology, conceptual contribution, or transfer to practice since it appeared in the proceedings of ICDT. In years with odd numbers and from 2020 on in all years, it is given to the best such paper of the ICDT conference that took place ten years ago. However, in 2014, 2016, and 2018 it will be given to papers that appeared before 2003 as detailed in the table below.
|2013||ICDT 2003||Ronald Fagin, Phokion Kolaitis, Renee Miller, and Lucian Popa
Data Exchange: Semantics and Query Answering
|2014||ICDT 1986-1992||Val Breazu-Tannen (now Tannen), Peter Buneman, and Limsoon Wong
Naturally Embedded Query Languages (ICDT 1992)
|2015||ICDT 2005||Ahmed Metwally, Divyakant Agrawal, and Amr El Abbadi
Efficient Computation of Frequent and Top-k Elements in Data Streams
|2016||ICDT 1995 & 1997||Chandra Chekuri and Anand Rajaraman
Conjunctive Query Containment Revisited
|2018||ICDT 1999 & 2001||Kevin S. Beyer, Jonathan Goldstein, Raghu Ramakrishnan, Uri Shaft
When Is ''Nearest Neighbor'' Meaningful?
Peter Buneman, Sanjeev Khanna, Wang Chiew Tan
Why and Where: A Characterization of Data Provenance