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Managing Imported Data, Mike Scoffied

8:30 - 9:00

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Welcoming Remarks

9:15 - 10:15


10:15 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:45

Presentation Cont.

11:45 - 12:00

Questions and Wrap-Up

12:00 - Lunch

Restaurant or Cafeteria (to be announced at the meeting)

Any time data is imported from external organizations which are distinct and dissimilar from your own, a relationship exists with a variety of duties, expectations, and technical issues. This relationship and its data flow must be managed. 

When one party seeks to acquire data from another, there are a host of issues which must be addressed unambiguously. The extraction of data (particularly from business production systems) usually places some kind of burden upon the data originator/supplier, both for initial extract, and recurring updates. Issues of architectural differences, architectural stability, scope, data quality, replication techniques, permissible usage, liabilities—all these must be addressed.

Over 94 questions which you should ask about the data exchange are clustered into the following general topics: 

• Kinds of data and information
• Data suitable for your needs
• Burden placed upon source organization & systems
• Logical data architecture of source
• Physical format and media
• Data semantics and meaning 
• Documentation and testing
• Scope & completeness
• Versioning
• Quality and currency
• Update/refresh/corrections
• Confidentiality
• Ownership and usage
• Purpose of original data collection and transfer
• Potential liability

About the Presenter: Michael Scofield

Michael Scofield is an independent consultant in data management, data quality, and semantic data integration. He also holds an adjunct faculty position at Loma Linda University in the Department of Health Information Management. He is the recipient of the 2008 DAMA International Community Award presented in San Diego, March, 2008. He was also a 2007 nominee for the DAMA (Data Mgmt. Assn.) Award for Professional Achievement. 

Mr. Scofield is a popular speaker in topics of data management, data quality, data warehouse design, as well as satellite imagery interpretation and emergency communications. His career has included education and private industry in areas of data quality, decision-support systems, data warehousing, and data management. His articles appear in DM Review, the B-Eye Newsletter, InformationWeek magazine, the IBI Systems Journal, and other professional journals. He has spoken to over 140 professional audiences for organizations such as Data Management Assn chapters (16), European Metadata Conferences (4), information quality conferences (3), The Data Warehousing Institute (6), Oracle User Groups (9), Institute of Internal Auditors, Assn. of Government Accountants, Quality Assurance Association chapters, Assn. for Computing Machinery and other professional and civic audiences. He has humor published in the L.A. Times and other journals. 

To Attend: Please RSVP to Sasha Froyland, Resource Director, SF DAMA and our host Wendy Wood.

For directions, click here or refer to the event details at www.sfdama.org.

President's Message

On behalf of the San Francisco DAMA chapter, I am delighted to share more details about the chapter workings and our list of exciting events.

Our key highlights include:

  • Sacramento Chapter merging with the San Francisco  DAMA Chapter

  • EDW 2010 hosted in San Francisco, attendees receive membership through end of 2010

  • 2010 Program established

  • Membership policy updates

    • Term changed from July-June to January-December

    • Current members will retain membership through December

    • Membership database cleanup approved

The 2010 Program Summary looks very exciting. We have a wide range of speakers that would come in to speak on various topics. If you are interested in being a speaker for monthly meetings, please contact our Program Director at programs@sfdama.org

I had the opportunity of presiding over the President’s Council Meeting held just before the EDW Conference in San Francisco earlier this year. I am happy to report that the San Francisco Chapter is one of the most active chapters that have been doing incredibly well. This also gave us a tremendous opportunity to provide feedback to the DAMA I President and other DAMA I Board members as to what can be done differently to improve the communication between DAMA I and the respective chapters. Over the next few months, we are hoping to see some of these improvements being put in action. 

We had an annual elections at the last monthly meeting held at Genentech. We got a lot of nominations and I am proud to announce that all positions have now been filled in. You can find the entire list of board members and their contact details at http://www.sfdama.org/HTML/sfdama_officers.htm. The list has also been provided below for your convenience.

Previously Held By
New Board Member
Diby Malakar
Diby Malakar (Informatica)
Ed Cassaro
Ed Cassaro (BAF)
Francois Cartier
Francois Cartier (eModelers)
Membership Director
Marshall Deixler
Mehmet Orun (Genentech)
Program Director
Mehmet Orun
Deepika Rayala (Genentech)
Communication Director
Wendy Wood
Wendy Wood (ATT)
Resource Director
Mani Keeran
Sasha Froyland
Web Master
Dan Weller
Dan Weller (eModelers)
DAMA Day Director
Mani Keeran (Franklin Templeton)
Industry Relations
Madhukar Govindaraju (SAP)
Sacramento Liason
Eric Schmidt (MAXIMUS)

We are hoping that the rest of 2010 will be an exciting year for you professionally and we, as a team, are able to serve your better.

Diby Malakar

President, San Francisco DAMA Chapter

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