We are living in a time of accelerating change. I recently read James Gleik's book, Faster ­ The Acceleration of Just About Everything, which explains how accelerating change affects nearly every aspect of our lives. The information technology discipline faces the challenges of accelerating change in both business and technology, and providing quality support to increasingly dynamic businesses.

My primary objective as President is to make DAMA the premier professional organization for the information technology discipline. The Board is reviewing the current role of DAMA to see how it might be altered to meet this objective and provide continuing services to its members.

A second objective is to increase both chapter and member-at- large membership. There is an increasing emphasis on public sector and small organization involvement. A wider scope includes emphasis on non-tabular data topics, stronger business support, new and evolving technologies, and critical issues in information technology.

A third objective is to seek stronger involvement of the President's Council in DAMA activities and to encourage a stronger interaction between chapters. There is a tremendous benefit to be gained from an active President's Council.

A fourth objective is to seek broader experience on the Advisory Board and a stronger involvement in setting the direction and scope of DAMA. The Advisory Board will contain representatives from the public sector, private sector, academia, consulting and new technology.

A fifth objective is to continue increasing the size and scope of the DAMA International Symposium so that it becomes the premier symposium for information technology. The largest International Symposium in the history of DAMA occurs this month. In conjunction with the Meta Data Conference, there will be workshops, tutorials, keynote presentations and six tracks that cover a wide variety of topics. Chapters are encouraged to continue hosting local conferences and DAMA Days, and to coordinate regional conferences to share ideas and lessons learned.

A sixth objective is broader and more formal recognition of individual achievements in the information technology discipline. The major achievements will be recognized at the International Symposium, and an award will be given for the most prominent achievement.

I hope you will join with me to meet these objectives and make DAMA the professional organization of choice for information technology practitioners. Please contact me at mhbrackett@aol.com with any thoughts you have about making DAMA a better organization.

DAMA Chapter and Events Calendar
Austin/San Antonio Chapter now forming! Contact Attila Finta, afinta@earthlink.net, for more information.
Atlanta Call Carol Knight, 770-551-9254, for meeting schedule.
Boston Email Kris Chatterjee, Kris_Chatterjee@gillette.com, for meeting schedule.
Brisbane, Australia Contact Paul Fendley, paul.fendley@dnr.gld.gov.au, for meeting schedule.
British Columbia, Canada Call Peter Kho, 604-666-3027, or e-mail khop@vcn.bc.ca.
Canberra, Australia E-mail Rob Smith- Roberts, robsr@acslink.net.au, for meeting details.
Carolina E-mail Doug McCurry, Douglas_McCurry@belk.com, for meeting schedule.
Chicago E-mail Brett Champlin, bchamplin@concentric.net, for meeting schedule, or visit http://www.damachicago.org/.
Dallas/Fort Worth Call Rodney Cole, 972-693-1009, for meeting schedule.
(Rocky Mountain)
March 9: "Enterprise Data Modeling," Computer Associates. May 11: "Data Warehousing," Tim Forman, NCR. Contact Janet Schoen, 303-758-3030, ext. 209 for meeting schedule or visit www.dama-rmc.org.
Houston Contact Sabrina York, 281-997-0613, for meeting schedule.
Italy Contact Paolo Cecchellero, ceck@comm2000.it or 3923 02 2533, for meeting schedule.
Kansas City Contact Erik J. Brokaw, 816-774-7425, for more information.
Kentucky Tri-State Contact Pat Lavigne, 502-774-7425, for more information.
London Chapter now forming! Contact Brett Champlin, bchamplin@concentric.net, for more information.
Los Angeles Contact Bill Harenburg, wharenburg@aol.com, for meeting schedule.
Melbourne, Australia Contact Daniel Moody, +61-3-9650-5100, or danielm@staff.dis.unimelb.edu.au< /A> or http://www.dama.org.au/ for details.
Minnesota Call Dawn Michels, 651-486- 4626, for meeting schedule.
Nashville Contact Bryan Jones, 615-748-1421, for meeting schedule.
New Jersey Visit www.dama-nj.org for chapter information.
New York City Larry English, "Y2K Resolution: Improving Information Quality to Eliminate Future Y2K Problems?" Please see www.dama-ny.com or call (212) 439-0063 for meeting details.
New York
(Northeast Region)
E-mail registration@damane.org or call 516- 221-5560 for meeting details.
North Florida Chapter now forming! Contact Susan E. Stelzmann, stelzman@mail.irm.state.fl.us, for more information.
Contact Mark Wysong, mwysong@kpmg.com, for meeting schedule.
Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Chapter meets quarterly. Visit http://www.dama.org/chapters/philly.htmor call (610) 690-1653 for more information.
Phoenix Call Laura Kostyo, 602-766-5486, or visit www.dama-phx.org for meeting schedule.
Portland Call Rita Wheeler, 503-321-6495, for meeting schedule or visit www.spiritone.com/~dama/.
Rochester/ Upstate New York Contact David P. James, dpjames@us.ibm.com, for meeting schedule.
Sacramento Valley Call Nabil Fares, (916) 657-6083, nfares@dmv.ca.gov, for meeting schedule or visit www.dama.room.net
San Francisco Bay Area Call Rose Romero, 415-394-0900, for details.
Scandinavia Contact Eskil Swende, +46- 8-80-22-40, or eskil.swende@irm.se for meeting schedule.
Seattle (DRMA) Contact Corey Smith, csmith@kanbay.com, for meeting schedule or visit www.halcyon.com/drma/.
Spain Chapter now forming! Contact Jesus Luengo, jgluengo@at- systems.com, for more information.
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 Anthony Popple, damasydney@poboxes.com, or +61-2-9211- 6200 for meeting and event details.
Topeka Chapter now forming! Contact Dan Roehler, 785- 291-3477, for more information.
Toronto, Canada
Please visit the Toronto IRMAC Web site at www.irmac.ca for information about upcoming meetings and events.
Washington, D.C.
(National Capitol Region)
Contact Jim Carpenter, carpenterj@bls.gov, or www.dama-ncr.org or call DAMA- NCR headquarters at 703-442-8780.
Wisconsin Contact Cathy Stacy, cstacy@wpsic.com, for meeting details.

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