Author: Chicago, IL (USA) DAMA Chapter
The expansion of data administration/data management continues to demonstrate a need for a comprehensive set of guidelines that the practitioners of this discipline can use in the performance of
their responsibilities. So, the Standards Special Interest Group (SIG) from the Chicago chapter of DAMA has updated a very useful volume entitled A Model for Data Resource Management Guidelines.
The first edition of this work was published in June 1991; a second edition was released in 1995, the most recent edition (3rd) was just made available.
The Manual is designed to assist data administration/data management professionals in developing or enhancing the Data Administration function. It covers administrative topics like: A Definition of
Data Resource Management and its Functions, Chapter and Mission Statements for DRM, DRM Job Descriptions, Critical Success Factors for DRM. Data Resource Activities such as the Data Life Cycle,
Modeling, Data Security, Data Warehousing and Repository Management are included, among many other necessary areas in the formation and execution of the data management arena. The manual also
includes a Glossary of DRM Terms, a Case Study, and several diagrams to reinforce the concepts outlined in the document. It has been significantly enhanced from prior editions and contains much new
material of intererst to all DRM/IRM professionals.
The guidelines (called “standards” in previous editions) presented in this manual are not intended as a “cookbook”; rather they are designed to suggest paths to follow in Data Management and
the scope that could be included in each function. The Data Administration function means different things to different organizations (and people within organizations) as evidenced by the different
names: Data Administration, Data Management, and Data Resource Management to name a few. However, most DA practitioners agree that the underlying principle is that data is a resource and must be
managed like any other resource. These chapters address the various “resources” within DRM and offer an approach to the management of those resources.
A Model for Data Resource Management Guidelines can be purchased from DAMA International. Cost is $50 for active DAMA members and $100 for non-DAMA members. To purchase a copy of
the manual, contact Susan Key, DAMA Administrator, P.O. Box #5755, Bellevue, WA 98006, (425) 562-2636, or Members4u@compuserve.com. If you are a DAMA
member, please indicate your chapter (or Member-at-Large) affiliation in the purchase request. This is a valuable source of information for all data administration/data management professionals and
would be a very useful addition to your professional library. Please let them know that you learned about the manual in TDAN.