Submitted by Jan Van den Bussche on Fri, 06/17/2016 - 17:23

Welcome to this community blog on the principles of data management.  In the IT development world, "database theory" refers to an established set of normal forms for designing relational database schemas.  In the computer science research world, however, database theory has been growing for decades as a lively and active field of research in computer science.  The two annual flagship conferences, PODS and ICDT, attest to that, but you find us in many other places as well.  Increasingly, developing an understanding of the theoretical foundations of data management is no longer an isolated topic in databases. We are finding applications and new challenges everywhere: in the Semantic Web, in Big Data, in Programming Languages, actually, everywhere there is data to be managed!

This is a community blog. Indeed, our intent is that many people will sign up to contribute a blog post from time to time.  Please volunteer by registering.

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This blog is one of the many initiatives that are coming out of a Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop on the Foundations of Data Management.  Many people from the database theory community got together there in April 2016 to discuss how to attract new people to our community, and how to make our beautiful body of knowledge and techniques better known.  Stay tuned for other workshop results such as a white paper, a series of videos, initiatives to make the PODS and ICDT conferences even better, and much more!