DAMA International (DAMA-I) was established in the mid-1980s through a coalition of several existing DAMA chapters. It was originally established as DAMA National, but soon became DAMA International. DAMA initially stood for Data Administration Management Association; however, in the mid-1990s, the name was changed to Data Management Association International to represent a broader perspective for data resource management.

DAMA International is a nonprofit, vendor-neutral, member-based organization that has chapters and members throughout the world. Its income is largely from conferences and member dues. DAMA International has continued to evolve since its creation and today is the premier organization for data professionals worldwide. Its mission is to inspire excellence in data management.

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