Data management professionals are an unusual breed, continually balancing the quest for enterprise-wide data integrity with the immediacies of departmental information projects. DAMA (the Data Management Association) and DM Review are each dedicated to supporting the data professional's balancing act: DM Review by providing technology updates and practitioner insights and DAMA through venues and forums for the networking, continuing education and cross-pollination of data professionals. Hence the natural partnership ­ now a year old ­ between our professional association and this preeminent industry periodical. For those of you not familiar with DAMA, we are a vendor- independent, not-for-profit association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of managing data, information and knowledge. DAMA's primary purpose is to promote the understanding, development and practice of managing information and data as a vital asset of the enterprise.

Our mission is to help IRM practitioners ­ data architects, data modelers, DBAs, warehousing specialists, and others ­ become more knowledgeable and skilled in their profession by defining standards, sponsoring conferences and establishing academic and professional education and certification programs. This is accomplished by thirty-four local chapters in seven nations, a "member-at-large" program and DAMA International, the central organization supporting them.

Some of DAMA's recent and successful conferences have been DAMA '98 in Canberra, Australia, and the DAMA International Fall Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as numerous local chapter DAMA Days and technology fairs. This year, DAMA holds its 11th annual International Symposium in Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 19-23, 1999. This symposium will be collocated with the 3rd annual Meta Data Conference sponsored by TTI. Look on DAMA's Web site,, for more details about the symposium and information about the many other resources that DAMA offers professionals like you, including professional contacts, certification, publications and electronic forums.

This magazine, this association and this column are meant to be a resource for you, so drop us a line at and let us know what you'd like to see in the months ahead.

DAMA Chapter and Events Calendar
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, .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 E-mail Doug McCurry,, 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.
(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, 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, 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 Next meeting: January 14. See for details.
New York Please see, 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. E-mail Anne Marie Smith, for details.
Phoenix Call Laura Kostyo, 602-766-5486 or visit, 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 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, 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 for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Sydney, Australia Contact Robert Arnold, or 61-2-9211- 6200, for meeting and event details.
Toronto, Canada
Please visit the Toronto IRMAC Web site at 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.
Can't find a chapter near you? Check out our Web site,, for information about our Member-at-Large program.

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