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Love Your Data: Data Modeling Contentious Issues - Karen Lopez coming to DAMA PDX

Standard Insurance Center Auditorium
900 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204, United States (map)

Take the escalator at the entry down one level to the meeting room.

Please register at the website so we have a count for refreshments.



I have had the pleasure of hearing Karen Lopez speak at data conferences before. She is an engaging, informative speaker on a wide range of data topics. Coming to Portland from Toronto to speak at our local DAMA chapter Nov 17th.

The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking data-centric presentations that will make you more successful in your job.


A highly interactive and popular session where attendees evaluate the options and best practices of common and advanced data modeling issues, such as:

  • Party/party role
  • Natural vs. surrogate keys
  • Agile & other modern methods
  • Who does what?
  • Data type precision vs delivery time
  • Standards vs proprietary Modeling
  • Data Modeling patterns
  • ...and more.

Participants in this session will be presented with an issue along with a range of responses or possible solutions. Participants will vote on their preferred response, then the group as a whole will discuss the results, along with the merits of each possible response. If the specific issue has been discussed in other presentations, a summary of the responses of the other groups will be presented. The goal of this workshop is to help practitioners identify potential points of conflict in data modeling, as well as alternative approaches to resolving the issues.

About Karen Lopez

Karen López is a principal consultant at InfoAdvisors, Inc., a Toronto-based consulting firm. Karen has spoken at several DAMA conferences and DAMA Chapters. She has 20 years of experience in project and data management on large, multi-project programs. Karen specializes in the practical application of data management principles.

She wants you to love your data.


  • 8:30 - 9:00 am - Sign In
  • 9:00 - 10:15 am - Presentation
  • 10:15 - 10:30 am - Break, Chapter Announcements
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am - Presentation continued

Free for members! See website for our corporate members. $15 for guests to cover speaker travel costs and refreshments.

The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association has been serving the Portland data community since 1984. We are a not-for-profit, vendor independent, professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management.