San Francisco DAMA Newsletter

Data Management Association, Inc.
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
268 Bush Street, Suite 2523
San Francisco, CA 94104

May 2004 Newsletter

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DAMA Board

Dan Weller
APL, Limited
(510) 272-8126

Satwant Bal
Pacific Bell
(925) 867-6498

Francois Cartier
(650) 588-2470


Lynn Johnston
Pacific Bell
(925) 823-9572

Sheila Goodson
Wells Fargo Bank
(925) 686-7148

Wendy Wood
Pacific Bell
(925) 823-8042


May 2004 MEETING

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 at:

370 Third Street, EMBARC Room
San Francisco, CA


8:30 9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00 9:15 Welcoming Remarks

9:15 10:15 XQuery for XML and Enterprise Information Integration

10:15 10:30 Break

10:30 11:45 Continued Presentation

11:40 12:00 Questions and Wrap-up

12:00 Lunch Restaurant to be announced at the meeting



"They are able because they think they are able.

- Virgil

Information Resource Management: Setting Standards for Excellence



Directions to this month's meeting:

370 Third Street, EMBARC Room
San Francisco, CA

From the East Bay:

Take the Harrison St exit on the left toward EmbarcaderoTurn left onto Harrison St.Turn right onto 3rd St

From the Peninsula:

Take I-80 E towards Bay Bridge/Oakland/Seventh St/US-101NMerge onto I-80ETake the Fourth St exit towards EmbarcaderoMerge onto Bryant StTurn left onto 3rd St


Exit the Montgomery BART station. SBC is three blocks south of Market

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XQuery for XML and Enterprise Information Integration

The presentation will begin with an introduction to XQuery, the de facto query language for XML. As the XQuery 1.0 is currently in the final stage of the W3C standard process, I’ll give the latest update on its status and highlight some of the remaining areas that will be addressed in 1.0 as well as beyond 1.0.

Then some scenarios will be presented to show how XQuery is used in the real world today. Enterprise Information Integration (EII) will be discussed as one interesting usage; followed by a comparison of EII with other traditional integration approaches such as EAI and ETL.





Program Director Opening

The SF DAMA Board still has an opening for the Program Director position. The duties of this position include:
· Arrange speakers for monthly meetings
· Prepare and send invitation and thank-you notes to speakers for monthly meetings
· Take the speakers to lunch after monthly meetings
· Provide input about speaker topics and backgrounds to Communications Director
· Introduce speakers at monthly meetings
· Provide list of planned speakers for 2-4 months in advance
· Solicit membership for ideas on meeting agendas and speakers
This is a very important and interesting job. If you feel that the job is too time-consuming, you can partner with another person and share the duties. This is what we did last year. Please contact me if you are even slightly interested. We will not let you fail.

DAMA International Symposium

The 2004 DAMAi Symposium will be in Los Angeles the first week of May. I highly encourage attendance at this event. This is the biggest and most comprehensive conference dedicated to our profession. The things that you learn from the classes, presentations, and from networking are invaluable. I quite often refer to the conference proceedings when researching data-related topics.

I will be attending the semiannual Presidents Council meeting at the symposium. This is a meeting of all of the chapter presidents where we share topics of common interest. This year the focus will be on the new DAMA International Membership database and on the evolution of DAMAi from a “chapter-centric” to a “member-centric” organization.


- Business Intelligence Tutorial by IBM - This tutorial provides an end-to-end guide for typical business intelligence tasks. It has two main sections: data warehousing and multidimensional data analysis.

- DM Review magazine -

- DAMA International -

- Data Administration Newsletter -

- Data Modeling -

- Data Warehousing -

- General data administration discussion group that have over 500 members. There are hundreds of topics available for browsing or you can start your own thread. -

- Modeling tool specific discussion groups along with a generic data modeling discussion area. -

- Real-World Decision Support (TWDS) Newsletter --

- Ron Ross' Business Rules Journal - -


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2004 SF DAMA Meetings Schedule
All meetings start at 8:30 a.m. and are at the following location unless otherwise noted.)


Topic / Location

June 2

Subject to be announced. Location: One So. Van Ness


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