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Enterprise Data World (EDW) 2016 Preview - 1. Dawn Michels: Metadata Updates - What if We Got It Wrong? 2. Susan Von Fruke: Applying Library and Information Science Disciplines to DMBOK Knowledge Areas

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Prime Therapeutics


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Abstract 1

Dawn Michels: Metadata Updates - What if We Got It Wrong?


Metadata is usually gathered during the development of a new database, or sometimes as an update during a change. But what happens if the business changes their mind, or realizes that what they understand about their data changes over time? A recent software upgrade provided us with a way to allow users to see their data models as well as the metadata. The effect of this was that now that they could view the models and see the metadata – they had a chance to review and challenge some of the metadata. We needed to come up with a process and method to hear their corrections, incorporate it into the model and finally – implement it physically in the data structures. Some of the challenges encountered were developing a formal process for intake, understand the ramifications of the change, and physically implementing the new metadata.


This case study is designed to walk through steps we took, describes the process we put in place and what steps we took to make it go smoothly and benefit our company by managing our licensing and costs. During this discussion we will explore:
  • Metadata within Data Modeling Tools
  • Techniques for gathering metadata in the beginning
  • Process Steps for making changes to existing metadata including physical changes
  • Costs and Benefits for this work
  • Tips for justifying to IT and Business Leadership
Dawn Michels is the Supervisor & Principal Enterprise Information Architect for the National Marrow Donor Program on the Enterprise Architecture Team. Prior to joining NMDP her work spanned multiple facets of data management in many industries including, Retail, Manufacturing, Medical Devices and Financial industries. Dawn's former employers include Lifetouch, Regis, Target, Andersen (Windows and Doors), Guidant Corp (now Boston Scientific), Fair Isaac Inc, Securian and General Mills, where she led the first Corp Wide DW. Dawn has spoken at fourteen International Data Conferences on assorted topics of interest, and speaks for other DAMA chapters around the country as requested. She is the current Past President of the DAMA MN chapter. Data is her passion as well as her vocation.

Abstract 2

Susan Von Fruke: Applying Library and Information Science Disciplines to DMBOK Knowledge Areas


Library and Information Science (LIS) has been practiced for centuries, and has aided in organization and classification of information, traditionally in physical form. LIS is alive and well today, and has evolved to manage digital information as well. When compared, the goals of LIS and data management are strikingly similar!  

This session will present ideas from an independent research project for a MLIS degree which studied applying library and information science disciplines to the knowledge areas of DAMA-DMBOK. We will explore each of the sections of the DMBOK wheel, and learn how one or more LIS disciplines can influence and inform each DMBOK knowledge area. We’ll consider the question from the perspective of the user:
  • Can a comprehensive data architecture be thought of like a library?
  • What benefits are there for doing so?
  • What needs to be accomplished in data management to make this intentionally happen? 




Susan Von Fruke has held a variety of positions throughout her 28 year career including developer, database administrator, and architect. Currently, she is a data and information architect at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in the Retail Payments Office. Some of her current areas of focus include business intelligence and data warehousing, reference data management, and solution architecture. Sue earned a B.A. from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) with majors in computer science, mathematics, and business administration. In 2014, she earned a Master of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Information Organization from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.



8:30 Registration & Networking

9:00 Opening Remarks

9:15 - 11:30  Presentation

11:30 - 11:45  Open Q&A




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