Sleepycat Announces Winners of Berkeley DB XML Innovation Awards

12/10/2003 - Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB - the most widely used application-specific data management software in the world with over 200 million deployments - announced results for the 2003 Berkeley DB XML Innovation Awards. Chemoinformatics firm Leadscope has taken top honors, and XML pioneer Kimbro Staken was named the runner-up.

The contest drew hundreds of entries from among the more than 6,000 users of Berkeley DB XML since the product was launched last summer. Sleepycat received diverse entries from large corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals from all over the world. Winners were judged by a team of Sleepycat Software executives, including CTO Dr. Margo Seltzer, the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean for Computer Science and Engineering at Harvard University.

The first prize winner, Leadscope, uses Berkeley DB XML in a decision support system for drug discovery that enables chemists to rapidly analyze and visualize research data.

"Leadscope provides annotated, focused databases of chemical structures and associated research data which pharmaceutical, biotech, and chemical companies use for data mining," said Dr. Chihae Yang, Director of In Silico Toxicology for Leadscope. "We rely on Berkeley DB XML to provide fast, scalable and reliable storage and retrieval of XML data to aggregate and repackage information from a variety of sources into these database products."

XML technology consultant Kimbro Staken took the second place award for developing Syncato, a weblog or "blogging" application that combines an easy-to-use online personal idea log with advanced knowledge management and publishing capabilities. Staken's system stores each personal log as XML that can then be searched via XPath.

"Syncato maximizes the value of people's ideas and information in blogs by making them easily searchable," said Staken. "Under the hood, the Syncato weblog system is a XML fragment management system that relies on the flexibility of Berkeley DB XML to store XML natively alongside non-XML and semi-structured data."

Other winners included a computerized vision system that "learns" to recognize objects from previously seen patterns, a magnetic stripe based credit/debit system, a personal information manager for mobile devices, an anti-spam solution, and several content management systems.

"I want to thank all the participants in the 2003 Berkeley DB XML Innovation Awards," said Rex Wang, vice president of Marketing, Sleepycat Software. "We were pleased with the innovative approaches that people in a wide range of industries are taking to deliver solutions built with the Berkeley DB native XML data manager."

Additional information on the Berkeley DB XML Innovation Awards winners, including a full listing of the top 20 innovators can be found at

About Berkeley DB XML
Berkeley DB XML is an application-specific native XML data manager built on Berkeley DB, the world's most widely deployed data management engine. Berkeley DB XML provides fast, reliable, scalable and cost-effective storage and retrieval for native XML data and semi-structured data. Additional information on Berkeley DB XML can be found at

About Sleepycat Software
Sleepycat Software ( makes Berkeley DB, the most widely used application-specific data management software in the world with more than 200 million deployments. Sun Microsystems has standardized on Berkeley DB as its non-relational database software platform for all current and future products. Customers such as Alcatel, Amazon, British Telecom, Cisco Systems, EMC, Ericsson, Hitachi, HP, Motorola, RSA Security, TIBCO and Veritas also rely on Berkeley DB for fast, scalable, reliable and cost-effective data management for their mission-critical applications. Profitable since it was founded in 1996, Sleepycat is a privately held company with offices in California and Massachusetts.

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