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DAMA Corner - August 2011
Latest News Update

by Lisa Nelson, CDMP, DTM
Published: August 1, 2011
This column provides you with an update on DAMA activities.
Welcome to DAMA Corner, a source of information for data management professionals here in TDAN, the industry leading publication for people interested in learning about data administration and data management disciplines and best practices. Each column provides an update on the professional organization DAMA International, and an opportunity to share your experience with other professionals that are passionate about data! Your interest and participation is greatly appreciated. If you are not a current member of DAMA, see About DAMA at the end of this column to learn more about others with the same interests that you have and how to become a member.

DAMA International News UPDATE

The DAMA Dictionary of Data Management 2nd Edition, CD-ROM is Now Available*
The DAMA Dictionary second edition was introduced earlier this year at DAMA’s Enterprise Data World. It has a glossary of over 2000 items. It is a “must have” for data professionals. To order go to DAMA-DMBOK (10).

*Content from Technics Publications website:

DAMA Individual Achievement Awards for 2012

DAMA International is now accepting nominations for DAMA Individual Achievement Awards for 2012 to be awarded at the 2012 Enterprise Data World conference, scheduled for April 29-May 3, 2012, at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Each of these awards recognizes a data management professional making significant contributions to the information resource management field consistent with DAMA International’s vision. This program is designed to promote awareness of the contribution individuals have made to four specific areas of data management.

From its inception in 1989, the DAMA Individual Achievement Awards have recognized a data professional who has made significant, demonstrable contributions to the information resource management industry consistent with DAMA International's vision. Beginning in 2003, DAMA created additional categories to recognize more people who have made special contributions to the world of data management. The awards categories are:

Academic Achievement Award
To a member from academia for outstanding research or theoretical contributions in the area of IRM/DRM

DAMA Community Award
To a member of the DAMA community who has gone beyond the call of volunteer service to enhance the efforts of providing exceptional benefits to the DAMA Membership

Government Achievement Award
 To a member of the leadership populace for instituting the inclusion and adherence to DRM/IRM principles

Professional Achievement Award
To a member from the “industry” (business, discipline, specialist) making a significant, demonstrable contributions to the IRM/DRM

In 2002, a special Lifetime Achievement and Contribution Award was presented to John Zachman.

The general timeline for the award process:
  • August: nominations by chapter boards of directors
  • September: voting by chapter boards of directors
  • March / April: announcement of the winner at the annual DAMA International Symposium
For more information contact the chair of the awards committee, via Individuals who would like to participate in the nomination and voting process are urged to contact the board of their local chapter to submit a candidate's name, biography and accomplishment statement for consideration.

Each DAMA Chapter has the opportunity to nominate one or more candidates. Begin considering your nominations for the 2012 time period. Members who want to nominate an individual can download a nomination form from the DAMA International website. Or, they can call or write the DAMA Awards Committee, 19239 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, #132, Lutz, FL 33548. Email: The awards are international, given the worldwide reach of data and information management, and the international focus of DAMA and its chapters.

Past Award Recipients

DAMA Foundation

DAMA Foundation is the 501c3 Research and Education Affiliate of DAMA International with a mission to promote professional data management through fund raising and strategic funds placement. The foundation is the owner the recently released 2nd edition of the Dictionary of Data Management. The foundation is also building a new website and has several exciting new projects in the works. Currently the foundation is also proud to be representing DAMA in the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO). Check back in the upcoming issues of DAMA Corner to learn more about DAMA’s exciting representation with this organization! Please consider a making a tax deductible donation to the DAMA Foundation.

Data Management Conference Discounts

  • As a DAMA International member, several discounts are available this year for data management conferences. It is a key benefit of your DAMA membership. In recent months, our members have enjoyed steep discounts including percentages off, straight dollar discounts and early bird specials. DAMA International has made co-marketing agreements with our data management partners this year for IRM-UK conferences, Data Governance and Information Quality conferences, the Economist Information event and the Oil and Gas Online Summit.

  • The European 3 co-located conferences: Data Management, Information Quality, and Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Conferences are scheduled for November 7-9, 2011, in London, England. Peter Aiken, DAMA International President, will be a speaker presenting at this conference. DAMA members get a 10% discount – using discount code DAMAIDM11.

  • DAMA International and Wilshire Conferences are pleased to announce they are now accepting proposals for the annual Enterprise Data World Conference scheduled for April 29-May 3, 2012, at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia. All questions regarding speaking may be directed to the DAMA and Wilshire Program Chairs at The deadline for submitting your proposal is September 12, 2011.

About DAMA

DAMA International is a not-for-profit, vendor independent association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices for data resource management and enterprise information. The primary purpose of DAMA International is to promote the understanding, development and practice of managing data and information to support business strategies. DAMA International has chapters and members throughout the world.
  • DAMA membership provides you with a network of data management professionals who share ideas and solutions to some of the most difficult issues in data management.

  • DAMA Chapters provide cost-effective and local on-going training hours that can apply to re-certification requirements by the Institute for Computing Professionals for Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP) designations.

  • Chapter members receive vendor and training discounts provided to DAMA International by selected vendors and publishers.

  • Chapters may bulk purchase DAMA International products such as the DAMA Dictionary and the DAMA Data Management Body of Knowledge at discounted rates at DAMA-DMBOK (10).
If you are interested in data management, we want to meet you and help you grow in your chosen profession! To find a local DAMA chapter, go to the main website at and select Chapter.

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