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Data Management Profession

Data management historically and today is a collection of disciplines, including mathematics, philosophy, logic, interpersonal communications, and so on. The focus of data management is about data and its management. It is not yet a formal profession in its own right. However, substantial progress is being made toward build a formal data management profession.

Building a data management profession will have trials and tribulations. It will have successes and failures, and differences of opinion. People and organizations will support the move, and others will block the move. Each person and organization will take action according to their own personal and financial agendas. Eventually, a formal data management profession will evolve, but it may be a generation of two before it’s solidly in place.

Creating a Profession

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Focus on promoting Data Management

The DAMA Education and Research Foundation ( is the Research and Educational Affiliate of DAMA International ( dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of data management through research, education, publications, promotion of standards, and other activities that enhance the practice of data management.

Our mission

Our mission to promote professional data resource management through fund raising and strategic funds placement.

Our Objective

The primary objective of DAMA Foundation is to establish a formal, certified, recognized, and respected data management profession. Our theme being "Professionals improving the profession".

As such, the key goals of the DAMA Foundation are to:

  • Promote the practice of data resource management
  • Provide educational opportunities for practitioners of data resource management
  • Develop and promote research into data resource management areas and related arenas
  • Advance the cause of scholarship into the date resource management field
  • Provide leadership and guidance to practitioners through the establishment and maintenance of professional qualifications
  • Monitor and advance data resource management standards
  • Provide funding for the development of concepts, products, practices and educational services for contemporary data resource management
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Data Management Principles and Practices

Fundamentally, organizations will have the opportunity to choose to use principles and practices that provide maximum benefit to the organization or be faced with information and data chaos. This choice will be a difficult one with the every increasing explosion of information and data from multiple sources.

For those organizations who make the choice to maximize the benefits of data management will initiate changes that are structured around sound business principles and practices. Those principles and practices entail embracing data management in a number of ways by:

  • engaging all business professionals to develop data resource to ensure contemporary understanding and use.
  • defining comprehensive data definitions to improve productivity of organization.
  • developing formal naming structures for searching and access purposes.
  • tracking of data changes for authenticity and appropriateness for problem-solving.
  • initiating data quality initiatives to address disparate data and implications on contemporary decision-making.
  • structuring data integrity rules that support current business rules while minimizing costly data errors that impact business decisions.
  • developing a corporate-based data resource focused on business objects and events in the organization.
  • having readily available and properly protected corporate-based data with business responsibilities clearly defined.

Does your organization choose to maximize their data management principles?  Do you invest in data management resources to be able to address rapidly changing business and technological environments?   Does data and information maximize the organization's business mission and goals?  Do you employ the principles and practices outlined above?  If not, consider learning more from our <a href="">Why Data Management</a> web site.

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Industry Resources

There are various industry resources to assist in understanding the scope and breath of data management profession. The following are resources to examine elements of the profession for you consideration. They include:

  • DAMA's Data Management Book of Knowledge (DMBoK)
  • Certification Programs
  • Key Data Management Principles and Practices
  • Understanding Data Management careers in the Job Market


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Data Management - Book of Knowledge (DMBoK)

A team of data management professionals produced "The DAMA Guide to the Data Management Body of Knowledge" (DAMA-DMBOK Guide), under the guidance of a DAMA-DMBOK Editorial Board. The publication was made available in April, 2009.

DMBoK Subject Areas

The “body of knowledge” about data management is quite large and constantly growing. The DAMA-DMBOK Guide provides a “definitive introduction” to data management. It defines a standard industry view of data management functions, terminology and best practices, without detailing specific methods and techniques. The DAMA-DMBOK is not a complete authority on any specific topic, but is on source of information from widely recognized publications, articles and websites for further reading.  The figure below provides an overview of the major areas (bold) with some of the basics functions that described. To learn how to obtain the the DAMA-Data Management Book of Knowledge (DMBok),click here.

DMBoK Subject Areas

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