DAMA (the Data Management Association) 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.
A full listing of Chapters can be found on the DAMA International website. This list does not include "chapters in formation" which have yet to meet the criteria for recognition as Chapters and formal affiliation with DAMA-I.
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.
It defines ten 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 Development
- Data Operations Management
- Data Security Management
- Reference and Master Data Management
- Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
- Document and Content Management
- Metadata Management
- Data Quality Management
The DMBoK is copyright DAMA International. DMBoK 2.0 has been released on the 5th of July, 2017.
DAMA International is the owner of the Certified Data Management Professional certification. This Certification is based on a range of learning objectives derived from the DMBoK. To find more information https://dama.org/content/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.
List of Award Winners
A list of award winners can be found on the .
DAMA International provides a speakers bureau service to connect conference and event organisers with internationally regarded expert speakers.
A full listing of speakers can be found here.