Just a few weeks ago, VLDB 2012 concluded, which is a conference devoted to research in the field of databases. My Masters Thesis advisor and his wife (who just happens to be the General Program Chair), pointed me to this conferences website, and some really great research articles that were discussed.
If you head over to: http://vldb2012.org/general-information/advance-program/ and scroll down to “Program At A Glance”, you can see a variety of papers on various topics, such as Crowdsourcing, MapReduce, NoSQL, and much more. As if I am not busy enough already, I will most certainly be looking through some of these articles.
To think that 10 years ago, a “VLDB” was considered to be 2GB. Nowadays, companies like Google are processing 20 petabytes of data every day.
Main Site: http://vldb2012.org/