First TUC Meeting

by Barry Bishop / on 22 Nov 2012
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Event dates: 19 Nov 2012 09:00 -- 20 Nov 2012 17:00 (local timezone)

The LDBC consortium are pleased to announce the first Technical User
Community (TUC) meeting. This will be a two day event in Barcelona on
the 19/20th November 2012.

So far more than six commercial consumers of graph/RDF database
technology have expressed an interest in attending the event and more
are welcome. The proposed format of the event wil include:

  • Introduction by the coordinator and technical director explaining
    the objectives of the LDBC project
  • Invitation to users to explain their use-cases and describe the
    limitations they have found in current technology
  • Brain-storming session for identifying trends and mapping out
    strategies to tackle existing choke-points

The exact agenda will be published here as things get finalised before
the event.

All users of RDF and graph databases are welcome to attend. If you are
interested, please contact: ldbc AT ac DOT upc DOT edu


We will start at 9:00 on Monday for a full day, followed by a half a day
on Tuesday to allow attendees to travel home on the evening of the 20th.

Day 1

09:00 Welcome (Location: Aula Master)
09:30 Project overview (Enphasis on task forces?) + Questionnaire
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 User talks (To gather information for use cases?)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 User talks (cont.)
15:00 Use case discussions (based on questionnaire results + consortium
proposal + user talks).
16:00 Task force proposals (consortium)
17:00 Finish first day

20:00 Social dinner

Day 2

10:00 Task force discussion (consortium + TUC)
11:00 Coffe break
11:30 Task force discussion (consortium + TUC)
12:30 Summaries (Task forces, use cases, …) and actions

13:00 Lunch and farewell

15:00 LDBC Internal meeting


Opening session:

User stories:

Benchmark proposals:



19th and 20th November 2012


The TUC meeting will be held at “Aula Master” at A3 building located
inside the “Campus Nord de la UPC” in Barcelona. The address is:

Aula Master
Edifici A3, Campus Nord UPC
C. Jordi Girona, 1-3
08034 Barcelona, Spain


To reach the campus, there are several options, including Taxi, Metro and

Finding UPC

Finding the meeting room

Getting there

Flying: Barcelona airport is situated 12 km from the city. There are
several ways of getting from the airport to the centre of Barcelona, the
cheapest of which is to take the train located outside just a few
minutes walking distance past the parking lots at terminal 2 (there is a
free bus between terminal 1 and terminal 2, see this
map of the airport.
It is possible to buy 10 packs of train tickets which makes it cheaper.
Taking the bus to the centre of town is more convenient as they leave
directly from terminal 1 and 2, however it is more expensive than the

Rail: The Renfe commuter train leaves the airport every 30 minutes
from 6.13 a.m. to 11.40 p.m. Tickets cost around 3€ and the journey to
the centre of Barcelona (Sants or Plaça Catalunya stations) takes 20

Bus: The Aerobus leaves the airport every 12 minutes, from 6.00 a.m.
to 24.00, Monday to Friday, and from 6.30 a.m. to 24.00 on Saturdays,
Sundays and public holidays. Tickets cost 6€ and the journey ends in
Plaça Catalunya in the centre of Barcelona.

Taxi: From the airport, you can take one of Barcelona’s typical
black and yellow taxis. Taxis may not take more than four passengers.
Unoccupied taxis display a green light and have a clearly visible sign
showing LIBRE or LLIURE. The trip to Sants train station costs
approximately €16 and trips to other destinations in the city cost
approximately €18.

**Train and bus: **Barcelona has two international train stations: Sants
and França. Bus companies have different points of arrival in different
parts of the city. You can find detailed information in the following

The locations of the airport and the city centre


The following hotels are recommended. The two first are located near the
UPC campus and they take 10-15 min by foot to reach the TUC meeting
location. The two last are located at the city center. They require
about 30 min (taking metro L3 at plaça Catalunya) to reach the TUC
meeting location. You can see the hotel locations
in this google map.

Hotel Husa Pedralbes
Fontcoberta, 4
8034 Barcelona
932 037 112

Hotel Bonanova Park
Capita Arenas, 51
08034 Barcelona
932 04 09 00

Hotel Inglaterra Barcelona
Carrer de Pelai, 14
08001 Barcelona
935 05 11 00

Hotel Jazz
Carrer de Pelai, 3
08001 Barcelona
935 52 96 96

In addition to the hotels above, there is the possibility to stay at the “Torre Girona” residence. It is the closest and cheapest option available. You can find detailed information here. Basically,
it costs 53 euros for a single room and 60 to 88 euros for a double room
depending if it is occupied by one or two people. Currently, there are
20 individual and 20 double rooms free for these days. If anyone is
interested in this option, you should send an email to asking
for a reservation.

Torre Girona Residence Hall
Passeig dels Tillers, 19
08034 Barcelona
Telephone: 0034 93 390 43 00
Fax: 0034 93 205 69 10

Travel costs

There is some small budget available that can be used to assist some
attendees that are otherwise unable to fund their trip. Please contact
us using the following email address if you would like more
information: ldbcgrants AT ac DOT upc DOT edu


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