Our Contributions

Over the past 25 years, the DAMA organization has been involved in education, training, and practical consultative experiences on a local, national, and international level. The DAMA International organization has developed and provided training of data management principles, practices, standards and procedures.

The various DAMA Chapters have grown in number from a few to many world-wide. With each new chapter having the guidance from the DAMA Foundation and DAMA International to help them to build expertise.  The publication of DAMA International's Chapter kits provide a road map for the new Chapter organization to build and succeed. With the Data Management Book of Knowledge (DMBoK) and Dictionary publications available from DAMA International, chapter members learn and modify these standards to suit their own organization's environment.  Various DAMA-based certification examinations are available for data management professionals. Together, DAMA has helped over 300,000 world-wide data management professionals learn from other professionals.

With our professional associations, DAMA has influenced the development of data management standards applicable to the international, country, or organizations. Our academic curriculum program has influenced college and universities to adopt courses that will help the future graduate understand the impact of data management and its applicability in their careers. Our involvement with Enterprise Architecture over the years has provided members with an exposure to the approaches one can use to successfully produce and use the architecture.  Our current participation in the FEAPO group is another example of our support for data management considerations in enterprise architecture efforts.

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Meet our Board

Michael Brackett, Acting President

Mr. Brackett has been in the data management field for nearly 50 years, during which time he developed many innovative concepts and techniques for designing applications and managing data resources. He has written seven books and numerous articles on the topics of application design, data resource design, and common data architectures. His books Data Sharing Using a Common Data Architecture and The Data Warehouse Challenge: Taming Data Chaos explain the concept and uses of a common data architecture for developing an integrated data resource. His book on Data Resource Quality: Turning Bad Habits into Good Practices explains how to stop the creation of disparate data. His book on Data Resource Simplexity describes the approach to data resource management that avoids the creation of disparate data. His latest book on Data Resource Integration describes how to integrate a disparate data resource into a single comparate data resource. He has written numerous articles and is a well-known international author, speaker, and trainer on data resource management topics.

Mr. Brackett was a charter member and is an active member of DAMA-PS, the Seattle Chapter of DAMA International established in 1985. He saw the formation of DAMA National in 1986 and DAMA International in 1988. He served as Vice President of Conferences for DAMA International; as the President of DAMA International for 2000 through 2003; and as Past President of DAMA International for 2004 and 2005. He was the founder and first President of the DAMA International Foundation, an organization established for developing a formal data resource management profession, and is currently Past President of the DAMA International Foundation. He was Production Editor of the DAMA-DMBOK released in April, 2009.

Mr. Brackett received DAMA International’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 for his work in data resource management, the second person in the history of DAMA International to receive that award. He was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award to John Zachman in 2003.

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Gil Laware, VP Finance

Gil Laware is a Managing Partner of Information By Design (IBD) company that provides CIO and other information technology services for various companies focusing on technology for business performance. Formerly an Associate Professor of Computer and Information Technology in the College of Technology at Purdue University, he taught multiple systems and technology courses. Prior to joining the Purdue faculty, he was an Associate Director for Fujitsu Consulting, Manager of Data Services for the Whirlpool Corporation, vice-president of Information Resources for Franklin Savings Bank and held various managerial and consultative roles with the IBM Corporation. Currently, he serves as the VP of Finance for the DAMA Foundation, served as the VP of Operations on DAMA International’s Board and co-founded the DAMA Kansas City Chapter. He has written a number of papers and presented at different DAMA conferences on information and data management topics.

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Ingrid Batiste Hunt, VP Marketing

Ingrid Batiste Hunt brings seventeen years of information technology, entrepreneurship and engineering consulting practice with a wide industry expertise and knowledge to DAMA International and Foundation. As a Software Engineer directly out of college, she implemented standard technology practices for many government, state and local projects. Ingrid has maintained a consistent focus on information technology and market development, as well as business development and market expansion. Her technical, alliance and marketing strategy and implementation techniques, has and will continue to be a unique character asset for the association. She currently holds international and local board positions within the DAMA International and Foundation, as well as other Technology and Non-Profit Education sectors. Ingrid holds a BS in Computer Engineering and has an MBA degree. She is the COO of a consulting IT practice and co-founder of e-Modelers, Inc.

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Peter Aiken, President of DAMA International

As President of DAMA International, his data management expertise from a business and academic perspective helps to drive the professionalism and expertise needed in data management. He is acclaimed to be one of the top ten data management authorities in the world. Having examined data management practices of more than 500 organizations, and consulting in diverse industries, he brings great expertise to the Foundation's board. As Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business Information Systems Department since 1993, he brings academic understanding. He is an author of seven books and multiple academic data management related publications. He owns Data Blueprint, an award-winning data management and IT consulting firm in Richmond, VA.

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Development of our Profession

In the early 1980s, several Data Administration Management and Data Resource Management Chapters formed in the United States. In 1986 four Chapters—Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle—formed DAMA National. In 1988, with the addition of British Columbia-DAMA, DAMA International was established as a 501 (c) 6 corporation in Washington State with an acronym of DAMA-I. DAMA International has grown in both chapters and members throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.  It is the Premier Organization for Data Professionals Worldwide to inspire data management excellence.

In the mid-1990’s, several discussions took place within DAMA-I regarding establishment of a Foundation. However, no action was taken. In the early 2000s, discussions again took place within DAMA-I regarding establishment of a Foundation. At the end of 2003, the outgoing DAMA-I President prepared a draft Strategic Plan for the incoming President. One item on that draft Strategic Plan was to establish a Foundation. In early 2004, the DAMA-I Board accepted the draft Strategic Plan as their formal Strategic Plan and approved a Foundation.

The DAMA Education and Research Foundation was established in the spring of 2004 as a 501 (c) 3 registered charity (#602-388-362) corporation in the state of Washington with the working name of DAMA International Foundation and an acronym of DAMA-F. During middle and late 2004, a Board was established consisting of a President, Ethics Officer, and Past President as executive officers; a VP Finances, Contracts Officer, Grants Officer, VP Operations, Web Page Officer, VP Marketing, and Public Information Officer as staff functions, and VP Education, VP Certifications, VP Standards, and VP Research as line functions. Six prominent academics with international perspectives were designated as an Advisory Board. By-laws were prepared and a Strategic Plan was developed.

The mission of DAMA-F was to promote professional data management. The primary objective of DAMA-F was to establish a formal, certified, recognized, and respected data management profession. The theme was professionals improving the profession. These statements became the first official recognition that a formal data management profession needed to be developed.

The Strategic Plan contained:

  • Management initiatives that covered planning, operational, funding, and marketing for DAMA-F.
  • Education initiatives were established to define a matrix of education curricula with subject areas by skill level, define individual curricula within that matrix, seek accreditation of the curricula, and define career paths within the matrix.
  • Certification initiatives were established to define a matrix of certification criteria similar to the education matrix, establish certification criteria, identify organizations that would provide certifications, develop study guidelines, and investigate professional licensing.
  • Publication initiatives were to develop Generally Accepted Data Management Principles (GADMP), patterned after GAAP for Accounting, continue development of the Guidelines for Implementing Data Resource Management, develop a Journal of Professional Data Management, and provide support to publishers with professional reviewers and authors.
  • Regulation initiatives were to list current regulations pertaining to data management, evaluate regulations currently in place, recommend regulation changes, and establish a Data Management Standards Board.
  • The concepts of an R-DMBOK and an H-DMBOK were put forth. The R-DMBOK was a reference to data management topics, similar to a reference library. The intent was to coordinate publications pertaining to a data management profession. The H-DMBOK was a reference to data management professionals representing the human side.
  • DAMA-I was to establish and maintain a set of Professional Groups for various topics in data management, including the Profession, Documentation, Lexicon, Logical Architecture, Physical Architecture, Stewardship, and Standards. Professional Groups could be added or adjusted as necessary.


A Mutual Affiliation Agreement was developed between DAMA-F and DAMA-I that would brand them with a common purpose. DAMA-I would be the commercial arm with chapters and members, and DAMA-F would be the research and development arm for developing a profession. A single web page would be established for all DAMA activities. A Coordinating Committee would be established to coordinate the activities of the two organizations. That Agreement was finalized in early 2005.

Throughout late 2004, 2005, and early 2006, considerable progress was made toward achieving the initiatives. Progress was made with certifications within DAMA and with an education curriculum. Professional Groups were established, with a Professional Group Council consisting of the Chair of each Professional Group. Considerable funding interest for the DAMA-F was gained through promotion of the initiatives in both the US and in Europe. Input from data management professionals at International Conferences in the U.S. and Europe indicated a high interest and a belief that the initiatives could be achieved within 5 years, which would be the 2010-2011 time frame. The stage was set for successful completion of the initiatives and establishment of a formal data management profession.

In early 2006, concern began to surface about the purpose of DAMA-F and the initiatives they were pursuing. That concern escalated through 2006, and in late 2006 the Mutual Affiliation Agreement was revised to move the education, certification, standards, and research functions to DAMA-I with the assurance that DAMA-I would carry out those initiatives as defined, as well as continue with the Professional Groups. The DAMA-F Board was reduced to a President, Past President, VP Operations, VP Finance, and VP Marketing.

DAMA-F published a Dictionary of Data Management in 2007. DAMA-I published the DAMA Guide to the Data Management Body of Knowledge (DAMA-DMBOK) in 2009. DAMA-F published a second edition of the DAMA Dictionary of Data Management in 2011. DAMA-F obtained some funding through royalties on the Dictionary and a few small donations. Very little else was accomplished as far as achieving the original DAMA-F initiatives.

In late 2011 and early 2012, concern began to surface about a lack of achievement of the original DAMA-F initiatives for developing a formal data management profession. Many people within and without DAMA-I and DAMA-F began to realize that the original initiatives had not been achieved. The Professional Groups no longer existed, the initial funding interest for DAMA-F had vanished, and the DAMA-F Advisors had not been maintained. Plans are currently being prepared to reestablish the initiatives, reestablish the Professional Groups, and seek funding to support development of a formal data management profession.

The DAMA-F By-laws state that a minimum of 80% of the funding acquired by the Foundation will be used to support development of a formal data management profession. The other 20% or less will be used for operational funding, either within DAMA-F or DAMA-I. Marketing strategies are being developed that follow those By-laws. The intent is to reestablish the initiatives and funding interest by the end of 2012.

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Our Vision

The DAMA Education and Research Foundation is developing as a discipline the development of data management profession. It is taking the initiative to Lead the Data Management Profession Toward Maturity. The DAMA Foundation Board and Advisors work together as a team to build interest and synergy across the data management profession. That synergy of the collective skills and knowledge of data management professionals world-wide will lead to a formal data management discipline.

Our Values

In alignment with our code of ethics, governance as an organization and officer by-laws, the DAMA Foundation always wants the community to be able to say the Foundation is meeting its mission and vision through transparency, integrity and with responsiveness to and regard for the international nature of the data management profession.

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