With all the discussion and activity surrounding the upcoming Year 2000, I thought it appropriate to offer some insight into how DAMA, as an organization, is gearing up to greet the new millennium. In this age of evolving electronic communications, DAMA is striving to keep pace by implementing and continually enhancing DAMA's Internet services and Web presence. Through the DAMA Web page and this column, we have reached a large number of data management professionals who had not previously been aware of DAMA. Besides expanding the exposure of DAMA and serving as an information dissemination and education vehicle, our Internet presence has enabled more sophisticated and rapid communication within the DAMA community.

DAMA conferences, always noted for outstanding speakers and excellent networking opportunities, have expanded in scope to include topics beyond the traditional data administration boundaries. With the broader definition of DAMA (knowledge, information and data), the audience for DAMA-sponsored conferences and symposiums has expanded to include many different disciplines within business, government and academic areas. This broader focus is giving us a much richer blend of ideas and resources to share with this membership.

The key to our continued success is the support and involvement of the local DAMA membership. A more closely knit alliance between local DAMA members and the DAMA International Board is being forged. The Presidents' Council, a group composed of chapter presidents, is taking on a larger role in setting direction for DAMA. As our organization grows and evolves, the Presidents' Council will continue to mature and assume more leadership.

DAMA International is investigating the employment of a professional management service to enable the organization to provide the breadth and quality of services that our membership wants and expects. In conjunction with this endeavor, we are also looking into new and creative means for financing these services, such as the newly instituted DAMA Booster's program.

The challenge for the DAMA organization in the new millennium is to keep pace with the ever-increasing demands and changes of tomorrow's world without losing the characteristics and traditions that have made DAMA a distinctive and successful professional organization in the past.

I wish the 1999 DAMA International Board the best of luck in meeting this challenge!

DAMA Chapter and Events Calendar
http://www.dama.org
Atlanta Call Carol Knight, 770-551- 9254, for meeting schedule.
Boston Call Kris Chatterjee, 718-716-1025, for meeting schedule.
Brisbane, Australia New chapter! Contact Paul Fendley, fendleyp@exchange.lands.qld.gov .au, for more information.
British Columbia, Canada Call Peter Kho, 604-666-3027, or Kel Bahi, 604-451-2700, for meeting schedule.
Canberra, Australia Call Peter Bickerton, +061-2-6244-7151, for meeting details.
Carolina Call Joan Lin, 704-382-5140, for meeting schedule.
Chicago Call Mike Frisch, 773-935-6175, for meeting schedule.
Connecticut Valley Call Marshall Dubaldo, 860-280-0633, for meeting schedule.
Dallas/Fort Worth Call Ataur Rahman, 972-661-3292, for meeting schedule.
Denver (Rocky Mountain) Contact Tim Forman, 303-932-7841, for meeting schedule.
Houston Contact Frank Pursel, 713-356-6264, for meeting schedule.
Italy Contact Paolo Cecchellero, ceck@comm2000.it or 1-3923- 02-2533, for meeting schedule.
Kentucky Tri- State Chapter now forming. Contact Pat Lavigne, 502- 560-4598, for meeting schedule.
Los Angeles Contact Jim Swenson, 818-814-7735, for meeting schedule.
Melbourne, Australia Contact Daniel Moody, +61-3-9650-5100 or dmoody@acm.org, for details.
Minnesota Call Dawn Michels, 651- 486-4626, for meeting schedule.
Nashville Contact Dr. John Wasileski, 615-434-7629, for more information.
New Jersey Contact Davida Berger, 201-818-8314, for details.
New York Please see www.dama- ny.com, for registration details.
New York (Northeast Region) Call 516-221-5560 for meeting details.
Ohio Call Dave Schoeff, 937-294-8570, for meeting schedule.
Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley January 20: "Object Application Modeling," Gordon Jenkins, and "Using Business Rules in Systems Analysis," Robert Sonnenberg. Call Anne Marie Smith, 609-468-6145, for meeting schedule.
Phoenix Call Laura Kostyo, 602-756- 6204, for meeting schedule.
Portland Call Robin Stromholt, 503-321-8597, for meeting schedule.
Rochester/ Upstate New York Contact Lynn Johnson, 716-383-0704, for meeting schedule.
Sacramento Call Cortina Martinez, 916-654-9596, for meeting schedule.
San Francisco Bay Area December 2:DAMA Day '98. Call Fred Turner, 415-434-4834, for meeting schedule.
San Francisco Bay Area February 3: "Facilitation Techniques," Darlene Crane. Call Fred Turner, 415-434-4834, for meeting schedule.
Scandinavia Contact Eskil Swende, +46-8-80-22-40, or eskil.swende@irm.se, for meeting schedule.
Seattle Call Scott Harris, 253-502-2321, for meeting schedule.
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 event details.
Toronto, Canada (IRMAC) Please visit the Toronto IRMAC Web site at www.irmac.com for information about upcoming meeting and event details.
Washington, D.C. (National Capitol Region) January meeting: "Data on the Web," Glenn Hess (Info Advantage) and John McKay (Verity). Call Veena Bhatia, 202-708-9279, for meeting schedule.
Wisconsin Contact Jim Wisniewski, 608- 267-7833, for details.
Events offering discounts to DAMA members:
Repositories and Meta Data December 1-3, 1998, Philadelphia, PA
10% discount
908-204-0900 or www.dbdsolutions.com
Can't find a chapter near you? Check out our Web site, www.dama.org, for information about our Member-at-Large program.

DAMA International is accepting nominations for the 1999 Achievement Awards through December 31.

Contact Marcia Rhode at Marcia_Rhode@compuserve.com for details.

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