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This special issue comprises six papers from the 28th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, held in Hong Kong, 20-23 August 2002. There were 69 research papers presented at the Conference, selected from 431 submissions. From these 69 papers, the three program chairs selected six as the best of the conference. The authors of these six papers produced extended versions of their conference papers, which were further developed through two rounds of reviewing.
Recent VLDB conferences have strived to broaden the range of topics covered at the conference beyond database system mechanisms to information management in general. To strengthen this trend, the VLDB Endowment Board of Trustees recommended a new program committee structure organized by topic rather than geography. VLDB 2002 was the first VLDB conference to adopt this structure, which had one committee for core database technology and another for infrastructure for information systems. They handled 209 and 222...