Thirty Years of ER Conferences: Milestones, Achievements, and Future Directions

  • Peter P. Chen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5829)


This paper describes the milestones/achievements in the past 30 years and the future directions for the Entity-Relationship (ER) Conferences or the Conceptual Modeling Conferences. The first ER Conference was held in 1979 in Los Angeles. The major milestones and achievements of the ER Conferences are stated. Several interesting points about the ER Conferences are pointed out including: (1) it is one of the few longest running IT conference series, (2) It is not a conference sponsored directly by a major IT professional societies such as ACM or IEEE, (3) It does not depend on the financial support of a major IT professional society or a commercial company, (4) It maintains very high quality standards for papers and presentations. The reasons for the successes of the ER Conferences are analyzed. Suggestions for its continued successes are presented.


Conceptual Modeling Entity-Relationship model ER Model Entity-Relationship (ER) Conferences Conceptual Modeling Conferences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter P. Chen
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  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeU.S.A.

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