IFIP 60-th Anniversary: Panel by WG2.6 Members

Mission of the Working Group

The Group was established in 1974. WG2.6 is a member of IFIP Technical Committe TC-2 Software Engineering.

The WG2.6 mission is defined as:
  • To promote visibility and to increase the impact of research and development in the broad area of data and knowledge management, focusing on the fields defined in the scope of the Group.
  • To promote quality and relevance of academic and industrial research and development, in the areas related to data engineering, especially databases.
  • To contribute to assessing the scientific merits and practical relevance of proposed approaches for data and knowledge management.
  • To promote ethical behavior and appropriate recommendations or guidelines for research related activities, including among others submission and selection of publications, organization of conferences, allocation of grants and awards, as well as the evaluation of professional merits and curricula.
  • To promote cooperation between researchers as well as with other established bodies and organizations pursuing the above aims.

Scope of the Group Activities

The notion of a database is constantly evolving to include systems that store and enable manipulation and presentation of data and knowledge in a wide spectrum of data formats, ranging from tuples to rules, text, images, sounds, graphs and many others, emerging in the context of big data, with their corresponding operators, usage, and management. The group's interest covers formalisms, models, architectures, techniques, and methods for the purpose of designing and realizing such database systems.

In details, the areas of WG2.6 interest include:
  • New models, languages, and theories for database design and representation
  • New architectures and techniques, e.g., data warehouses, data lakes, data mining, multimedia, graph, and spatio-temporal databases
  • Impact of new communication technologies, such as Internet, broadband networks or wireless communications
  • Understanding, reuse and interoperation between existing data stores
  • Visual user interfaces and information visualization
  • New methods for building database applications


The membership of the working group is on an individual basis and it implies a commitment for active participation, presentations, and discussions in the Group meetings, and preferably participation in working conferences organized by WG2.6. The membership is by invitation only. Potential new members are invited to participate first as observers in three group's meetings. This allows both parties to evaluate their interest in WG2.6 activities.

After three meetings, the group may decide to invite an observer to become a member. The proposal for membership then proceeds to the parent committee (IFIP TC2) for a formal approval. A membership term is unlimited, but a membership may be dropped by the group if a member does not participate in three consecutive meetings. Non-members may also be invited to participate in a specific meeting. Persons interested in becoming an observer may contact directly the chairperson of the Working Group.

List of Members

A detailed list of Group members is available here.