It's a busy time of year for DAMA! We've just wrapped up two great conferences-- DAMA Australia 98 in Canberra and the DAMA International 1998 Fall Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona--and are now gearing up for 1999. Read on for the latest. DAMA International is accepting nominations through December 15 for the 1999 Individual Achievement Award. This award recognizes practitioners who have advanced the understanding, development and practice of managing information as a key enterprise asset.

Each chapter is invited to submit one nominee by December 15, 1998. The slate of nominees will go out to chapter officers around the first of the year. All ballots must be submitted to DAMA International no later than February 28, 1999. We'll announce the winner at DAMA International's Spring Symposium and Meta Data Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.A., April 19-22. For more information on how to participate, contact your local chapter.

Voting for the 1999 DAMA International Board of Directors is underway November 6 through December 15. E-mail Lynn Tenney,, for more information.

Check out our IRM discussion forum at to post questions, answers, information and opinions on IRM topics.
We're often asked for guidance on the administration of a data management organization, such as what are the "typical" staffing ratios of data administrators and DBAs to developers? How are successful data management departments organized? Are there any standard job descriptions that work? While DAMA as an organization does not formally maintain such information, we facilitate a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences. If you have any compiled information on this subject and would like to make it broadly available, please send it along to

An even more frequent inquiry is about job listings.
DAMA International recently announced the creation of an information resource management (IRM) job listing bulletin board, accessible from One of several practical forums at the DAMA Web site, the job listing service is available to the public for posting job openings in the field of IRM.

DAMA International is often asked about standards and guidelines for data administration/resource management organizations. Although DAMA is not a standards body, many of our members have contributed to ANSI and ISO standards development. DAMA Chicago has produced a DRM standards manual, now in its second edition which can be ordered via DAMA International (

As always, we welcome your feedback and participation. You may direct comments to me,, or through our Web site.

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.
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, 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 November 12: Data Quality Panel and Tool Discussion. Contact Davida Berger, 201-818-8314, for details.
New York Please see, for registration details.
New York (Northeast Region) Call 516-221-5560 for meeting details.
North Carolina Research Triangle Call Joan Lin, 704-382-5140, for meeting schedule.
Ohio Call Dave Schoeff, 937-294-8570, for meeting schedule.
Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Call Anne Marie Smith, 609-468-6145, for meeting schedule.
Phoenix November 1-3:DAMA Fall Symposium. Check the symposium Web site,, or call Laura Kostyo, 602-756-6204.
Portland Call Robin Stromholt, 503-321-8597, for meeting schedule.
Rochester/ Upstate New York Contact Toni Johnson, 716-383-0704, for meeting schedule.
Sacramento Call Cortina Martinez, 916-654-9596, for meeting schedule.
San Francisco Bay Area November 4:Data Quality Improvement at Hewlett Packard, Dan Taggert.
San Francisco Bay Area December 2: DAMA Day 98. 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 (IRMAC) Please visit the Toronto IRMAC Web site at for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Washington, D.C. (National Capitol Region) Call Veena Bhatia, 202-708-9279, for meeting schedule.
Wisconsin Contact Jim Wisniewski, 608-267-7833, for details.
Events offering discounts to DAMA members:
Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Engineering November 12-13, San Francisco, CA
Half price for DAMA members
To register send e-mail to
Repositories and Meta Data December 1-3, 1998, Philadelphia, PA
10% discount
908-204-0900 or
Can't find a chapter near you? Check out our Web site,, 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 for details.

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