In the debut of this column last month, we described DAMA's mission and new partnership with DM Review. This column, along with the DAMA Chapters and Events Calendar, will be a regular feature of our DAMA page. The calendar will include information about our local chapters, as well as non-DAMA events that offer discounts to DAMA members. In the months ahead, look to this column for DAMA news and practical resources for data management professionals. This month, we survey some of the services and resources that DAMA offers.

DAMA's lifeblood and foremost resource is the activity of the local chapters. It is through chapter meetings that data management practitioners meet to share knowledge, ideas, current practices and new techniques, as well as to make and maintain personal contacts, so vital in our profession. We invite all DM Review readers--current DAMA members or not--to take advantage of the opportunities offered by DAMA meetings to both share and contribute.

DAMA's thirty-two chapters, located across seven nations, are autonomously operated, while networked together and centrally supported by DAMA International. DAMA International also serves many "members at large" worldwide who are not located near an active local chapter. For more information contact Lynn Tenney, VP Member Services, at (415) 984-5762 or Lynn_Tenney@compuserve.com.

DAMA's partnership with DM Review is an example of the central support provided by DAMA International.

Other services include:

DAMA Discounts: DAMA International negotiates and publicizes discounts for DAMA chapter members on various products, services and conferences. See our Web site for details, or contact Burt Parker, VP Industry Services, at (703) 979-9499 or parkerbg@idsonline.com.

Financial Services: DAMA International provides insurance and credit card processing for the local DAMA chapters. For more information, contact Paul Hawes, VP Finance, at (732) 699-3209 or phawes@webspan.net

WWW.DAMA.ORG: DAMA International maintains a robust, no-nonsense Web site to publicize information of interest and practical use to data management professionals everywhere. Besides information about the DAMA chapters, contacts and services outlined on this page, the DAMA Web site contains an IRM bibliography, conference calendar, vendor list, the Speakers Bureau and countless links to other reputable IRM pages.

Next month, we'll review additional DAMA services and resources, including education and certification programs, publications and conference services. Meanwhile, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us at dama@dama.org.

DAMA Chapters and Events Calendar
Atlanta Call Carol Knight, 770-551- 9254, for meeting dates and times.
Boston Chapter usually meets the second Thursday of each month at 3:30 PM. Call Kris Chatterjee, 617-985-3447.
British Columbia, Canada Call Peter Kho, 604-666-3027, or Kel Bahi, 604-451-2700, for meeting dates and times.
Canberra, Australia Call Peter Bickerton, +061-062447151.
Chicago Chapter meets every other month. Call Mike Frisch, 773-935-6175.
Connecticut Valley Chapter meets quarterly, usually the last Thursday of the month. Call Marshall Dubaldo, 860- 280-0633.
Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter meets monthly. Call Ataur Rahman, 972-661-3292.
Denver (Rocky Mountain) Chapter meets each odd-numbered month. Contact Tim Forman, 303-932- 7841, or Linda Taylor, ltaylor@platinum.com.
Houston Chapter meets every other month from 9 - 11 AM. Contact Mansukh Vaghela, 713-229-7321.
Italy Call Paolo Cecchellero, +39- 2-3022533, for meeting dates and times.
Kansas City Chapter now forming. Call Deb Williamson, 913-661-9669, ext 172.
Kentucky Tri-State Chapter now forming. Call Pat Heady, 502-560-4598, for meeting dates and times.
Los Angeles Chapter meets for regular meetings six times a year, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. Call Jim Swenson, 818-814-7735.
Melbourne, Australia Chapter meets the last Thursday of each month. Contact Daniel Moody, +61-3-9650-5100.
Milwaukee Chapter meets quarterly. Call Jim Wisniewski, 608-267-7833.
Minnesota Chapter meets the third Wednesday morning of each month. Call Dawn Michels, 612-223-4067.
Nashville Chapter now forming. Call Dr. John Wasileski, 615-434-7629.
New Jersey Chapter meets the second Thursday morning each month. Contact Davida Berger, 201-818-8314. Upcoming events:April 9: "Meta Data Strategy," Anne Marie Smith. May 7: DAMA Day, "Data Quality," Mike Brackett.
New York (DAMA NY) Contact Nick Bonamassa, 973-716-5080, for meeting dates and times.
New York (Northeast Region) Chapter meets regularly. Call Alfred Persico, 212-447-7339.
North Carolina Research Triangle Chapter meets quarterly. Call Joan Lin, 704-382-5140.
Ohio Chapter newly formed. Call Dave Schoeff, 937-294-8570.
Philadelphia / Delaware Valley Chapter meets quarterly. Call Anne Marie Smith, 609-468-6145. Upcoming events: April 3, "Data Modeling, Decision Support," keynote by Claudia Imhoff. Also, "Zachman Framework Overview," Bruce Burgess. Meeting will be held at CIGNA, Liberty Place, 16th & Chestnutt Streets, Philadelphia.
Phoenix Chapter meets the third Thursday of each month. Call Laura Kostyo, 602-756-6204, or Kay Turner, 602-236-6623.
Portland Chapter meets the third Tuesday of each month. Call Robin Stromholt, 503-321-8597.
Rochester Chapter meets bimonthly. Call Bill Fugate, 716-777-8268.
Sacramento Chapter meets the first Thursday of each month. Call Jeff Jacobs, 916-323-3104.
San Francisco Chapter meets the first Wednesday of each month. Call Fred Turner, 415-659-4834. Upcoming events: April 1: "Domain Analysis Using Real Data," Patty Klauer/DBStar. May 6: "The Evolving Cognitive Enterprise," Doug McDavid.
Scandinavia (Norway and Sweden) Contact Eskil Swende, +46-8 802240, or eskil.swende@irm.se, for meeting dates and times.
Seattle Chapter meets on the second Tuesday evening of each month. Call Scott Harris, 253-502-2321.
St. Louis Chapter meets the last Thursday of each odd month. Call Becky Berry, 314-768-6837.
Sydney, Australia Call Ledda Antonio, +02-9775-9798, for more information. April 16: "The Information Warehouse and Meta Data Management at the Australian Bureau of Statistics," by Michael College.
Toronto, Canada Chapter meets the second Wednesday of each month. Call John Tench, 416-651-6809.
Washington, DC. (National Capitol Region) Chapter meets monthly. Call Veena Bhatia, 202-708-9279.
Events offering discounts to DAMA members:
Second Generation Data Warehousing/Practical Data Mining Seminar Tour
Bill Inmon, Michael Berry and Gordon Linoff.Call 800 989-8899 or check www.kivaproductions.com for details. Locations and dates:
Atlanta--April 16-17 Chicago-- April 8-9
Minneapolis--April 13- 14 Toronto--April 6-7
Boston--May 5-6 New York City--May 7-8
Dallas--May 11-12 Washington, DC--May 14-15

Can't find a chapter near you? Check out our Web site, www.dama.org, for information about our Member-at-Large program.

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