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DAMA is a not-for-profit, vendor-independent, international association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of information resource management (IRM) and data resource management (DRM).
The vision of DAMA is to support an empowered global community of information professionals.
This mission of DAMA is to provide a non-profit, vendor-independent association where data professionals can go for help and assistance; provide the best practice resources such as the DMBoK and DM Dictionary of Terms in a mechanism that reaches as many DM professionals as possible; create a trusted environment for DM professionals to collaborate and communicate and to enable Chapters across the world to leverage off DAMAI and to interact with DAMA to the benefit of all DM Professionals.
Chapters, Chapter Structure, and Central Membership
DAMA International is organised through a Chapter structure, with each Chapter being a separate legal entity that formally affiliates with DAMA International. There are over 50 chapters established in over 23 countries around the world.
In 2015 DAMA introduced a "Central" membership to help support and develop member services in a more consistent manner internationally and to provide a clear rallying point for members world wide who may lack a local chapter structure.
The Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBoK)
The DAMA Guide to the Data Management Body of Knowledge" (DAMA-DMBoK Guide) was first published in April 5, 2009. A second edition has been published in 2017.
It defines eleven knowledge domains which are at the core of Information and Data Management.
- Data Governance (the central knowledge domain that connects all the others)
- Data Architecture Management
- Data Modeling & Design
- Data Storage & Operations Management
- Data Security Management
- Data Integration & Interoperability Management
- Reference and Master Data Management
- Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
- Document and Content Management
- Metadata Management
- Data Quality Management
DAMA International is the owner of the Certified Data Management Professional certification.
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. In 2016, DAMA International created the DAMA International Award for Data Management Excellence. This award is presented to organizations or individuals who have made contributions to data management principles.