Within the field of information resource management DAMA--the Data Management Association--is renowned for its spring and fall symposiums, popular for agendas rich in both theory and practical experiences. The upcoming 1998 DAMA International Fall Symposium, slated for November 1-3 in Mesa, Arizona, is no exception. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Phoenix DAMA Chapter and DAMA International. The theme, "A New Vision for Information Management in the 21st Century" was chosen to spotlight issues data management professionals are facing as we head into the new millennium.

Our profession is undergoing major changes. The industry has taken us from data dictionaries through CASE tools on to object-oriented technology and the World Wide Web. Data and technology managers must continue to meet changing roles in information integrity management and new business and technology environments. The conference organizers have created an agenda designed to provide insights into the future of our industry and how it will affect us professionally, technologically and personally.

Presentations will offer innovative techniques and ideas from a broad spectrum of speakers, focusing on applying the principles of good data design to the new data and object architectures, data warehousing and geospatial information systems (GIS). Speakers will address questions such as: What's in store for information management in the next millennium? Will the familiar methods and approaches work in the future? Which techniques work best? How will practitioners change to meet the future? What opportunities can you take advantage of to enhance your value to your organization?

Industry luminaries Clive Finkelstein, John Zachman, Claudia Imhoff, Terry Moriarty and Larry English (what a line up!) will share the latest ideas and practices on business rules, information ecosystems, meta data and data quality. Rounding out the agenda are practitioners from the front lines who will share their experiences and observations. It's not all work, though--there will be plenty of time for networking with your colleagues.

We hope to see you there. To register or for more information, contact the Phoenix DAMA Chapter at: www.dama- phx.org.

Also mark your calendars for the 1999 DAMA International Spring Symposium, which will be held April 19-22, 1999, in Atlantic City, NJ. For more information, contact the New Jersey DAMA Chapter at www.dama-nj.org.

As always, we welcome your feedback. Send comments to: Marcia_Rhode@compuserve.com.

DAMA Chapter and Events Calendar
Atlanta Call Carol Knight, 770-551-9254, for meeting schedule.
Boston Call Kris Chatterjee, 781-716-1025, 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 October 22-23 DAMA Australia 98, "Business is Data­Data is Business." Call Peter Bickerton, +061-062447151, 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, or Linda Taylor, ltaylor@platinum.com, for meeting schedule.
Houston Contact Mansukh Vaghela, 713-229-7321, for meeting schedule.
Italy Contact Paolo Cecchellero, ceck@comm2000.it, for meeting schedule.
Kentucky Tri-State Chapter now forming. Contact Pat Heady, pat_heady@b-f.com, for meeting schedule.
Los Angeles Contact Jim Swenson, ddajjs@hsa.com, for meeting schedule.
Melbourne, Australia Contact Daniel Moody, +61-3-9650-5100, for details.
Milwaukee Contact Jim Wisniewski, 608-267-7833, for details.
Minnesota Call Dawn Michels, 612- 665-4067, for meeting schedule.
Nashville Chapter now forming. Contact Dr. John Wasileski, wasileski@uansv3.vanderbilt.edu, for more information.
New Jersey October 8: "Enterprise Architecture," Carol Delbene.
November 12: Data Quality Panel and Tool Discussion. Contact Davida Berger, 201-818-8314, for details.
New York Please see www.dama- ny.com, for registration details.
New York (Northeast Region) Contact Alfred Persico, apersico@ix.netcom.com, for 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, www.dama-phx.org, or contact Eve Danoff at elflores@srp.gov.
Portland Call Robin Stromholt, 503-321-8597, for meeting schedule.
Rochester/ Upstate New York Contact Toni Johnson, datacons@frontiernet.net, for meeting schedule.
Sacramento Call Jeff Jacobs, 916-323-3104, x2957, for meeting schedule.
San Francisco Bay Area October 7: "Problem Definition Techniques," Steve Marcus.
November 4: Data Quality Improvement at Hewlett Packard, Dan Taggert. Call Fred Turner, 415-659-4834, 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, for meeting and event details.
Toronto, Canada (IRMAC) Please visit the Toronto IRMAC Web site at www.irmac.com for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Washington, D.C. (National Capitol Region) Call Veena Bhatia, 202-708- 9279, for meeting schedule.
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
1998 International Data Warehouse Symposium October 5-7, 1998, Denver, CO $100 discount 888-474-9449 or www.intelsols.com
Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Engineering November 12-13, San Francisco, CA Half price for DAMA members To register send e-mail to Fturner@acm.org.

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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