DAMA Corner – July 2004

Published in TDAN.com July 2004

DAMA Curriculum Framework for Post Secondary Education

Recommended Curriculum Framework in Data Management for Post Secondary Institutions: 2004 North America edition

In my role as VP DAMA Inerternational for Edcuation Services, I started a multi-year initiative to support the educators of Data Management Professionals.

A full vision has been articulated by the Curriculum Committee. This vision is to enhance our Guildeines for Implementing Data Resource Management – for it to by our professional Body of Knowledge (BOK) in in Data management. Educators can then use the BOK as an overiew text, and use the Curriculum framework to deliver content. We believe the students will graduate ‘exam-ready’ for the CDMP – Certified Data Management Professional exam that DAMA sponsors, passing at the ‘practitioner’ level.

Here is the vision:


The scope of this project this year is to publish a framework document that lists recommended topics, career paths, guidelines and core competencies for IRM/DRM academic and professional degree programs. This will involve compilation and revision of work done in this area by various organizations. This document may be used by guidance counselors, college faculty, employers or other professionals to advise students and others interested in this field. It must be applicable to the needs of all levels of post-secondary education, from 2-year colleges through graduate school programs in North America, along with professional development courses. The core topics will also encompass those competency areas included in the certification exams for IRM/DRM professionals given through the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP).

The approach taken by this DAMAI Data Management curriculum consists of the following sections:

  • List of education delivery channels based on the North American model
  • Clustering of topics to be delivered for courses
  • Cross Reference Matrices for the reader to study in the development of a curriculum

This Curriculum development is of a continuing nature. We are interested in hearing from Data Management professionals and educators in DRM about topics or delivery channels, and the flexibility of this curriculum.

The Curriculum Framework draft, was presented to the DAMA International Conference in Beverly Hills in May 2004. We will be presenting this again for input at the AMCIS Conference in New York in August 2004.

Inquiries for early editions should be directed to the VP Education Services. This Curriculum will be available free of charge.

Deborah Henderson, Inergi LP – VP Education Services, DAMA International

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