As Vice President of Conference Services for DAMA International, my primary goal is to continue to increase the size and scope of DAMA International Conferences so they become premier educational events for data management professionals worldwide.

The 15th Annual DAMA International Symposium and 7th Annual Wilshire Meta-Data Conference will be held April 27 to May 1, 2003, in Orlando, Florida. The program for this year's event is the largest in the history of DAMA International and Wilshire Conferences. The agenda has been expanded to seven full conference tracks, including a new track on database administration, eight pre-conference workshops, 10 full-day tutorials, after-hour night school sessions and panels, special interest groups and user group meetings. The program has sessions for anyone in data management ­ from novices to senior managers.

Some of the topics this year are marketing and selling data management, return on investment for meta data, data integration, data quality, data architecture, data stewardship, XML, meta data management, business rules, data standards, data warehousing, taxonomies, CRM, Web services, agile methodology, content management, business intelligence, business rules, enterprise architecture, new methodologies and technologies, and numerous presentations on data and process modeling. This year we also have a record number of success stories from practitioners at large corporations.

Keynote presenters include John Ladley, Warren Selkow, and the 2003 DAMA International Professional Recognition Award Winner, Graeme Simsion. Pre-conference workshop presenters are Scott Ambler, Marcie Barkin Goodwin, Graeme Simsion, Barbara von Halle, Stan Slossberg, David Plotkin, Michael Scofield and Fabian Pascal. Michael Brackett, Larry English, Bill Smith, Craig Mullins, John Zachman, Todd Stephens, David Marco, Claudia Imhoff, David McComb and James Bean will present full-day tutorials.

There is an early-bird discount of $100 if registration is paid by March 14, 2003, and additional group discounts are available. If your 2003 budget will permit you to attend only one conference, this is definitely the one you don't want to miss!

For conference information, visit or call (310) 477-4475. For information about DAMA, please visit

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
Atlanta Contact Barbara Helmer,, for meeting schedule or visit
Boston E-mail Kris Chatterjee,, for meeting schedule or visit
Canberra, Australia Contact for meeting details or visit
Carolina E-mail Connie Cain,, for meeting schedule.
Central Florida

Chapter now forming! Contact Bob Gagnon at for more information.

Central Virginia For more information visit
Chicago Visit for meeting schedule or contact information.
Dallas/Fort Worth Call Rodney Cole, 972-693-1009, for meeting schedule or visit
(Rocky Mountain)
Visit for meeting schedule or contact Mark Dalton at or 303-334-5881.
Heart of Texas
(HoT Chapter)
For more information see or contact Wayne Miller, president of HoT at
Houston Call Ted Kowalski at 713-241-2030 or e-mail
Iowa Visit the newly formed Iowa Chapter at
Italy Contact Paolo Cecchellero, or 3923 02 2533, for meeting schedule.
Kansas City Visit for chapter information.
London Chapter now forming! Contact Brett Champlin,, for more information.
Los Angeles Contact Bill Harenburg,, for meeting schedule.
Melbourne, Australia Contact Daniel Moody, or or +61-3-9650-5100 for details.
Michigan Visit for meeting schedule or contact information.
Minnesota Visit for chapter information.
New Jersey Visit for chapter information.
New York City Please see or call 212-439-0063 for meeting details.
Northeast Region
(New York)
E-mail or call John Lucas at 516-221-5560. See for meeting details.
Ohio (Central) Chapter meets quarterly. Visit for meeting details and membership information.
Visit for chapter information.
Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Chapter meets quarterly. Visit or call 610-690- 1653 for more information.
Phoenix Call Laura Kostyo, 602-766- 5486, or visit, for meeting schedule.
Portland Visit for meeting schedule and chapter information. For more information, please contact Linda Kresl at
Rochester/ Upstate New York Contact Sue Bartleson,, for meeting schedule or visit
Sacramento Valley Call Judy Candlish, 916-227-3074,, for meeting schedule or visit P.O. Box 996, Sacramento, CA 95812-0996.
San Francisco Bay Area Call Dan Weller, 510-272-8126, for details or see
Scandinavia Contact Eskil Swende, +46-8-80-22-40, or for meeting schedule.
Seattle (DRMA) Visit for registration and meeting details.
St. Louis Please visit the DAMA-St. Louis Chapter Web site at for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Sydney, Australia Contact Robert Arnold,, 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 for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Washington, D.C.
(National Capital Region)
Contact Jim Carpenter,, or or call DAMA-NCR headquarters at 703-442-8780.
Wisconsin Contact Cathy Stacy,, for meeting details.
Can't find a chapter near you? Check out our Web site,, for information about our Member-at-Large program. Send updates for this listing to

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