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Notice to Members

May 29, 2001

To: Los Angeles Area DB2 Users

The next meeting of the Los Angeles Area DB2 User Group will be on Thursday, June 7, at the Sequoia Conference Center in Buena Park.

Directions: The Sequoia Conference Center is located at 7530 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA. Telephone is (714) 670-9252. It is one block north of the 91 Freeway at the Beach Boulevard exit (same exit as for Knottís Berry Farm).

Refreshments will be served at 8:30 am; the presentation will begin at about 9:00 a.m. and end at about 12:00. Rumors abound that there will be Krispy Kreme donuts at this meeting instead of the usual fare.


We are fortunate to have as our June presenter; Michael Scofield, Director of Data Quality for Experian (formerly TRW Credit Data) in Orange, California. Prior to this position, he was Vice President and Manager of Information Quality for Home Savings of America (Los Angeles). He is keenly interested in data quality assessment, and reverse engineering and mining of production databases. His articles on data architecture and data quality techniques have been published in Information Week, IBI System Journal, Data Management Review, and the Database Newsletter. His speaking engagements include DAMA-International conferences, Meta-data Conferences in London and the U.S., various DAMA chapters, DB2 user groups, and various CASE user group conferences. He also writes humor, published in the Los Angeles Times and other journals.

Mike will present "Avoiding Catastrophe in Integrating Data - Fun Ways to Make a Data Warehouse Project Fail". If you need to impress your boss, tell him your going to a presentation on The Semantic Integration of Data from Multiple Sources into a Common Database. The presentation will focus on the integration of data from multiple, dissimilar sources into a common database, practical techniques for the evaluation of source data (sometimes known as data profiling or domain studies) and show examples of the kinds of surprises which can lurk in production databases.

Iíve had the opportunity to attend this presentation recently, and found it to contain a lot of very useful and practical information. I recommend it for DBAs, Data Administrators, Application Designers, Analysts, and programmers, as well as managers and customers who are interested in real world information on why and how to deal with data quality issues.


We are actively looking for new members to help out in our steering committee. We need some of your help to keep the group going with quality presentations and activities. If you think you might be interested and would like to know more about whatís involved, please contact any member of the steering committee. 

I look forward to seeing all of you at the next meeting.  Please drop me a note or give me a call at 562 570-6317 if you wish any additional information.


Tom Glass

President -- Los Angeles Area DB2 User Group

TomGlass@laadb2ug.org or http://www.laadb2ug.org/

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