About >> Mission, Vision, Purpose, and Goals

About DAMA Belgium and Luxemburg (BeLux)



  • To be the voice of data management professionals in Belgium and Luxembourg;
  • To be the “go-to” place that any data professional will visit FIRST for resources, information, education and knowledge exchange;
  • To be the world leader in best practices in data and information management.


  • To provide a non-profit, vendor-independent association where data professionals can go for help and assistance;
  • To provide the best practice resources such as the DM-BOK (Data Management – Body Of Knowledge) and the Data Management Terms in a manner that reaches as many Data Management professionals as possible;
  • To create a trusted environment for Data Management professionals to collaborate and communicate.


  • Improve the current education program by collaborating with partners at all levels (educators, trainers, suppliers, etc);
  • Communicate the education program to all, providing the appropriate level of access, costing and training where needed and required
  • Support DAMA members by enabling resources (website, education, white papers, books, etc) which will assist in addressing their information and data management needs;
  • Form alliances with other organisations involved in data or information management;
  • Create and support a trusted speaker bureau to which Chapters and Data Management professionals have access, and from which the best speaker for their needs can be selected.

History of DAMA International

DAMA – the Data Management Association International elected its first board of directors in 1988.  The first chapter was founded in 1980 in Los Angeles.  Other early chapters were: San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, New York, and Washington D.C.

DAMA has been hosting an annual conference since 1989 when our first symposium was held in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  In 2001, we had a record attendance of over 1,000 data management professionals from 24 countries at our 13th annual symposium held in Anaheim, California.  In 1996, the first Australian DAMA conference was held in Melbourne, and in 2000, we held the first DAMA Europe conference in London.  Today, our annual symposium is the premier international event for the data management profession.

DAMA International is an all volunteer organization governed by an Executive Board of Directors. Directors are voted in for a 2 year term of office and may stand for re-election.

Code of Ethics

Statement of DAMA International Code of Ethics and Governance

As a DAMA International Officer or Advisor, DAMA Direct Chapter Officer, DAMA International affiliated organization officer, Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP), or DAMA Member, I recognize my obligation to:

  • Observe the precepts of DAMA International as set forth in the bylaws, guidelines and policies of DAMA International;
  • Understand the ethics and values DAMA-I has chosen to adopt and to conduct all matters concerning my membership in DAMA-I in the spirit and actions of these ethics and values;
  • Preserve and actively promote the ideals and mission of DAMA International through active involvement in professional and educational events and encourage others to pursue life-long learning in data management;
  • Refrain from all behaviors that would constitute harassment or bullying of any other individual, whether in person or via electronic means. Harassment includes: making offensive verbal/electronic comments related to personal characteristics or choices, posting sexual images or comments in public or online spaces, displaying deliberate intimidating behavior in person or in online environments, bullying, stalking, sustained disruption of conversations or other intrusions of electronic meetings or physical meetings or other events, inappropriate physical contact with others, or unwelcome sexual / personal attention;
  • Promote the image of DAMA International by refraining from:
    • Engaging in any sales activity, including direct or indirect solicitation, or conducting any other activity contrary to the purpose or policies of DAMA International or its affiliates, as is appropriate to a non-profit professional
    • Distributing any materials or posting displays of any kind at DAMA International, direct chapter, affiliated chapter, or affiliated strategic partner sponsored activities without prior approval and express written consent of the event organizer, DAMA International, direct chapter, affiliated chapter, or strategic partner as appropriate;
    • Using the DAMA International, the direct chapter, the affiliated chapter or the affiliated strategic partner name or logo other than to conduct DAMA International, direct chapter, affiliated chapter or affiliated strategic partner business as determined by the Board of Directors of DAMA International, the direct chapter, the affiliated chapter and/or the affiliated strategic partner;
    • Making unwarranted negative or disparaging comments about any vendor, product, service, other organization or individual either orally or in writing.

In addition to the member codes of behavior, as an officer or advisor of DAMA International, direct chapter, affiliated chapter, or affiliated strategic partner, I also recognize my obligation to:

  • Actively Support the programs of DAMA International and its affiliates;
  • I recognize my acceptance of a position as an officer or advisor of DAMA International, direct chapter, affiliated chapter, or affiliated strategic partner as a commitment to perform certain tasks in pursuit of goals stated for the position and the DAMA International community and to agree to perform those responsibilities to the best of my ability throughout my term;
  • Accept my commitment to fulfill my DAMA International obligations so that I shall not profit personally as a direct result of my performance as an officer or advisor;
  • Bring to the attention of the DAMA International Ethics Officer any concerns over possible conflicts of interest that may arise from the performance of my role as an officer or advisor;
  • Conduct all business on behalf of DAMA International and its affiliates according to the values and ethical practices adopted by DAMA International;
  • Protect positively the reputation, credibility and effectiveness of DAMA International and its affiliates as well as their mission in all contact with others, regardless of their affiliation with DAMA;
  • Refrain from communication or discussion, oral or written, concerning DAMA International matters with any person not directly involved in the matter, both during my term as an officer or advisor and after my term has been completed;
  • Regard any communication (oral or in writing) I make concerning DAMA International to be official and on-the-record to avoid any misunderstanding of intent or action and ensure that all my communications concerning DAMA International be made carefully and in accordance with the ethics and values adopted by DAMA International;
  • Protect closely any member or prospective member personal contact information under my control for use only while conducting DAMA International business activities. Refrain from the distribution or sale of any membership information to any organization for any purpose.