As organizations are trying to calculate their return on investment (ROI) for various aspects of their business, making knowledge available to people so that they can do their jobs well is the best employee ROI an organization can make. One of the most efficient and cost-effective ways of accomplishing this objective is to send data and knowledge-workers to a conference where they can be immersed in data strategies, workshops and tutorials, seminars and presentations by experts in their fields, vendor exhibits and special interest group meetings with other people who have the same objectives. Yes, I'm talking about the annual DAMA International (DAMA-I) Symposium and Wilshire Metadata Conference held May 2-6 in Los Angeles, California.

As the newly appointed Vice President of Conference Services, I looked at the value provided by this year's conference and found that DAMA-I's goal of focusing on the asset value of information in the enterprise was fulfilled by the depth and breadth of the conference offerings. The entire series of information management activities was covered, including: principles, policies, measurements, methods, tools, techniques, roles and responsibilities, and certifications.

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