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DAMA (Data Management Association):
A Message from the President

  Column published in DM Review Magazine
March 2003 Issue
  By Michael H. Brackett

2002 was another successful year for DAMA International (DAMA-I), its affiliated chapters and members-at-large.

Our Board meeting at the DAMA- I Conference in San Antonio was dedicated to strategic planning. Teams were established to develop tactical plans in our primary areas of interest. These plans will be brought together into a long-range strategic plan for DAMA-I.

Our Web page (www.dama.org) continues to expand as we develop alliances with organizations that provide discounts to DAMA members, enhance the educational sources and document existing standards related to data management. Our member database will be fully operational this year, and the members-only portion of our Web page will be tied to that member database.

Our conferences continue to improve in scope and content. In spite of the economic situation, the attendance is holding and the evaluations are high. This year we are planning the DAMA-I Conference in Orlando, the DAMA-I Europe Conference in London and the DAMA-I Australia Conference. Our conference planning workload has grown to the point that we will outsource the conference planning tasks.

We continue to recognize outstanding effort in the data management discipline. During the 2002 DAMA-I Conference in San Antonio, several people were presented with individual achievement awards; and John Zachman was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award.

We are continuing a major initiative in the area of certification and licensing that establishes criteria and testing for architects, engineers and tradespeople. An ex officio position has been established on the DAMA-I Board for the ICCP representative. We will also be working with educational institutions to establish courses supporting the formalization of certification and licensing of data management professionals and practitioners.

We continue to establish and support new chapters, and increase our members-at-large who are not close to an established chapter. The chapter Presidents form a Presidents Council and elect a Presidents Council Liaison who is also an ex officio member of the DAMA-I Board. The DAMA-I Advisors provide insight into the direction of the data management discipline as well as the direction and activities for DAMA- I.

For more information about DAMA-I, please check our Web page at www.dama.org, or send me an e- mail at president@dama.org.

DAMA Chapter and Events Calendar
Austin/San Antonio The chapter meets the last Monday of January-May and August-October at 7:00 p.m. in San Marcos. For more information see www.main.org/hotdama.
Atlanta Contact Barbara Helmer, BHelmer@DataArchitects.com, for meeting schedule or visit www.dama-atl.org.
Boston E-mail Kris Chatterjee, dama_boston@yahoo.com, for meeting schedule or visit www.geocities.com/BostonDama.
Canberra, Australia Contact peter.pe.davis@centrelink.gov.au for meeting details or visit www.dama.org.au/canberra/.
Carolina E-mail Connie Cain, cain.connie@burlington.com, for meeting schedule.
Central Florida

Chapter now forming! Contact Bob Gagnon at bgagnon@neorislogistics.com for more information.

Central Virginia For more information visit www.go.to/dama-cv.
Chicago Visit www.DAMAChicago.org for meeting schedule or contact information.
Dallas/Fort Worth Call Rodney Cole, 972-693-1009, for meeting schedule or visit www.dfwdama.org.
(Rocky Mountain)
Visit www.dama-rmc.org for meeting schedule or contact Mark Dalton at Mark_Dalton@jdedwards.com or 303- 334-5881.
Germany http://www.informatik.tu-cottbus.de/~thalheim/DAMA/dama.html.
Heart of Texas
(HoT Chapter)
For more information see www.main.org/hotdama or contact Wayne Miller, president of HoT at gwmiller4445@earthlink.net.
Houston Call Ted Kowalski at 713-241-2030 or e-mail chapteradmin@damahouston.org.
Iowa Visit the newly formed Iowa Chapter at www.datamodel.org/dama.
Italy Contact Paolo Cecchellero, ceck@comm2000.it or 3923 02 2533, for meeting schedule.
Kansas City Visit www.dama.org/chapters/KC.htm for chapter information.
London Chapter now forming! Contact Brett Champlin, bchamplin@concentric.net, for more information.
Los Angeles Contact Bill Harenburg, wharenburg@aol.com, for meeting schedule.
Melbourne, Australia Contact Daniel Moody, danielm@staff.dis.unimelb.edu.au or http://www.dama.org.au/ or +61-3-9650-5100 for details.
Michigan Visit www.dama-michigan.org for meeting schedule or contact information.
Minnesota Visit www.dama-mn.org for chapter information.
New Jersey Visit www.dama-nj.org for chapter information.
New York City Please see www.dama-ny.com or call 877-659-4309 for meeting details.
Northeast Region
(New York)
E-mail registration@damane.org or call John Lucas at 516-221-5560. See www.damane.org for meeting details.
Ohio (Central) Chapter meets quarterly. Visit http://www.damacoc.org for meeting details and membership information.
Visit http://www.dama.org/SWOhio/default.htm for chapter information.
Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Chapter meets quarterly. Visit http://www.dama-phila.org/ or call 610-690-1653 for more information.
Phoenix Call Laura Kostyo, 602-766- 5486, or visit www.dama.org/Phoenix, for meeting schedule.
Portland Visit www.dama-pdx.org for meeting schedule and chapter information. For more information, please contact Linda Kresl at president@dama-pdx.org.
Rochester/ Upstate New York Contact Sue Bartleson, sbartleson@paychex.com, for meeting schedule or visit www.damaruny.org.
Sacramento Valley Call Judy Candlish, 916-227-3074, candlij@hdcdojnet.state.ca.us, for meeting schedule or visit http://go.to/dama-sac. P.O. Box 996, Sacramento, CA 95812-0996.
San Francisco Bay Area Call Dan Weller, 510-272-8126, for details or see www.sfdama.org.
Scandinavia Contact Eskil Swende, +46-8-80-22-40, or eskil.swende@irm.se for meeting schedule.
Seattle (DRMA) Visit www.drma-seattle.org for registration and meeting details.
St. Louis Please visit the DAMA-St. Louis Chapter Web site at www.damastlouis.org for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Sydney, Australia Contact Robert Arnold, damasydney@poboxes.com, or +61-2-9211-6200, for meeting and DAMA Australia conference details.
Topeka Chapter now forming! Contact Dan Roehler, 785-291-3477, for more information.
Toronto, Canada (Information Resource Management Association of Canada) Please visit the Toronto IRMAC Web site at www.irmac.ca for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Washington, D.C.
(National Capital Region)
Contact Jim Carpenter, carpenterj@bls.gov, or www.dama-ncr.org or call DAMA-NCR headquarters at 703-442-8780.
Wisconsin Contact Cathy Stacy, cstacy@wpsic.com, for meeting details.
Can't find a chapter near you? Check out our Web site, www.dama.org, for information about our Member-at-Large program. Send updates for this listing to vp_communications@dama.org.

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Michael H. Brackett is a consulting data architect helping public and private sector organizations understand their disparate data and develop an integrated data resource. He can be reached at mhbrackett@aol.com.

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