Cross-Boundary Data Sharing, Citizen-Centric Compliance, and Tactics for Addressing Other Key Challenges Serve as Themes of 2007 Metatopia Conference

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The 2007 Metatopia conference -- November 5-7, at the Holiday Inn on the Hill in Washington, DC -- addresses topics of interest to both government and private sector data management professionals across the spectrum of DM practices, opportunities and challenges. Hosted by the Data Management Association of the National Capital Region (DAMA-NCR) and Wilshire Conferences, the focus is on today's most pressing issues, with key themes including cross-boundary data sharing, satisfying citizen-centric mandates and successfully unlocking information via a change in culture from one of "need to know" to one of "need to share."

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Major transformations are under way in both government and private sector organizations with regard to the managing and sharing of information. With new mandates requiring federal agencies to change from being program-centric to citizen-centric; other regulations forcing agencies to increase consumers' accessibility to previously locked information; and governing and implementing data-sharing across functional, agency, enterprise, federal, state, and local boundaries remaining of critical concern for both national security and commercial interests, a new crop of challenges (as well as opportunities) is emerging for data management professionals.

The 2007 Metatopia conference -- November 5-7, at the Holiday Inn on the Hill in Washington, DC -- is addressing these challenges, identifying best practices and highlighting the opportunities that have come about as a result of the need to meet current regulations. Wilshire Conferences, together with the Data Management Association of the National Capital Region (DAMA-NCR), is bringing together some of the most respected thought leaders and data management practitioners to deliver informative presentations, real-world tales from organizations such as the US Military and EPA, and how-to tutorials on data management as it relates to data governance, service oriented architecture (SOA), and master data management (MDM), among other important organizational initiatives.

Key themes in this year's Metatopia Conference agenda are strategically planned to coincide with and address these developing regulations and transformations: cross-boundary data sharing, taking into consideration issues of security, integration and ownership; semantic technology, as it is being used throughout the Federal Government as well as in the private sector as a means of integrating data from disparate sources; geospatial data management; unlocking information for greater consumer accessibility; strategies for transitioning from a culture of "need to know" to one of "need to share"; and issues of data management in the healthcare industry, including using Semantic Web technology as a means for solving real-world, large-scale, problems; meaningful integration to address public health surveillance; and next-generation public health information systems as part of a larger, complex and dynamically-changing collaborative environment.

Speakers at Metatopia 2007 include business and technology leaders from organizations such as US Department of the Interior, The MITRE Corporation, BLM, US Department of State, SAIC, NCICBIIT, T. Rowe Price, IBM, Essential Strategies, Data Consulting Group, Semantic Arts, Zepheira, University of Texas Health Science Center and Olmsted Medical Center. Other topics of interest highlighted at Metatopia 2007 include managing data as a national asset, the National Information Exchange Model, data governance frameworks, data quality assurance, the DoD Net-Centric Data Strategy, SOA and data integration, cross-boundary sharing with persistent identifiers, implementing the ISO 11179 Metadata Standard, contentious data modeling issues, new products and technologies for large-scale integration and Sarbanes-Oxley and Health IT legislation compliance.

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For more information about Metatopia 2007 or to register, please visit or call 310-477-4475 X103.

DAMA-NCR (Data Management Association -- National Capitol Region) is the chapter of DAMA International that covers the Washington, DC area. DAMA International is a not-for-profit, vendor-independent association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of information resource management (IRM) and data resource management (DRM). DAMA International's primary purpose is to promote the understanding, development and practice of managing information and data as a key enterprise asset.

About Wilshire Conferences, Inc.
Wilshire Conferences, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, sponsors and organizes educational conferences for information technology professionals, primarily in the areas of data management and application development. Wilshire Conferences enables industry leaders, professional peers and technology experts to effectively interact and share best practices in the most comprehensive educational environment.

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