In this paper we introduce the concept of continual queries, describe the design of a distributed event-driven continual query system \Gamma OpenCQ, and outline the initial implementation of OpenCQ on top of the distributed interoperable information mediation system DIOM [21, 19]. Continual queries are standing queries that monitor update of interest and return results whenever the update reaches specified thresholds. In OpenCQ, users may specify to the system the information they would like to monitor (such as the events or the update thresholds they are interested in). Whenever the information of interest becomes available, the system immediately delivers it to the relevant users; otherwise, the system continually monitors the arrival of the desired information and pushes it to the relevant users as it meets the specified update thresholds. In contrast to conventional pull-based data management systems such as DBMSs and Web search engines, OpenCQ exhibits two important featu..