30th International Conference on
Very Large Data Bases
Royal York Hotel
29 August - 3 September 2004
Toronto, Canada






The Conference banquet will take place on Wednesday, September 1st at 6:00pm at the Royal Ontario Museum.
The Royal Ontario Museum is the largest museum in Canada. It collects and exhibits the cultural and natural history of Canada and the world. The collections and research are the basis of the ROM’s international reputation; the collections are diverse in their subject matter and number more than five million objects. The ROM’s research, exhibitions and educational activities increase understanding of cultural and natural diversity, their relationships, significance, preservation, and conservation.

The ROM was created by an act of the provincial government on April 16, 1912 and opened to the public on March 19, 1914. The opening ceremony was attended by His Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught. Since that time, the ROM has experienced much change and growth. There have been two major expansions to the original four-storey building. On October 12, 1933, Toronto newspapers reported that the newly opened wing was a “masterpiece of architecture”. In 1978, the ROM began a $55 million renovation of the main ROM building, to facilitate extended research and collection activities.

The Queen officially opened the Terrace Galleries in a 1984 ceremony. Located on one of the most fashionable corners in Toronto and next to the University of Toronto, the ROM is a popular destination. From galleries of art, archaeology and science, showcasing the world’s culture and natural history, to exciting public programs and events, the ROM offers a truly engaging museum experience.

The Royal Ontario Museum is located at 100 Queen's Park. The best way to reach it from the conference hotel is by subway. You need to take the Yonge-University subway line and step out at the “Museum” Station.