Health and Safety – Updated September 15, 2021
To our Enterprise Data World Community,
All of us at DATAVERSITY would like to thank you for your continued support. While the last 17 months have been full of uncertainties, we are pleased to have the opportunity to conduct the 2022 Enterprise Data World (EDW) Conference as an in-person event.
We had originally intended to follow the state and local regulations in force at the time of the meeting — the current requirements being that face coverings will be required indoors, with practical exceptions for meals. However, over the past few weeks, it has become clear that this only creates uncertainty for our audience. And this is understandable — if you don't know what the health and safety protocols will be in 3 months, how can you be confident that they will make you feel safe? This uncertainty will not help you to get approval to attend the conference, nor will it help us run a successful meeting.
Therefore, for the sake of certainty and confidence, we have chosen to implement a “fully vaccinated” requirement for all attendees at the EDW 2022 Conference in San Diego.
There is ample data to support this decision, from the positions of both safety and confidence, and we are — if nothing else — a data-driven organization. According to recent research conducted by Freeman (an event management company), it is typical for at least 80% of B2B conference attendees to have been vaccinated, and as high as 88% for IT events. We are confident therefore that we are providing reassurance to the vast majority of our audience. And with so many other major events now requiring vaccinations — from Bruce Springsteen and Hamilton, to the Consumer Electronics Show and the HIMSS conference — it is clear that the expectations of our attendees have moved strongly towards “vaccine required.”
I expect that there will be some folks who object to this policy. And there will be others who are unable to cooperate with it due to specific and legitimate personal concerns. For those folks, I sincerely regret that we cannot accommodate you at the moment. If you'd like to contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can help you to access the valuable content of the conference, then we will do our utmost to help you out. But under the current circumstances, there is obviously no perfect solution, and some folks will be unhappy with the outcome no matter what policy we adopt. If we have overlooked a realistic alternative solution, I welcome your suggestions.
I expect that in the coming weeks we will publish additional information here with the objective of increasing the confidence of all EDW participants. We will also provide clarity about the validation and testing processes that will be in place at the conference.
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Q. What is Enterprise Data World (EDW)?
A. The 26th annual Enterprise Data World Conference is recognized as the most comprehensive educational Data Management conference in the world. Over six days, over 125 speakers present a diverse schedule of programming that addresses every level of proficiency.
Several simultaneous topic tracks and the variety of sessions (keynotes, workshops, tutorials, case studies) make it easy for each of our 1,000+ attendees to tailor their ideal agenda!
Q. Interested in speaking?
A. Most of the sessions are selected through a Call for Presentations (CFP) process. Our most recent CFP started in July of 2021, and we received over 280 applications to speak. This process is now closed. If you would like to apply to speak in the future, please add your name to our CFP list by emailing email@example.com.
Additionally, some sessions such as keynotes and panels are developed through specific invitations to the speakers. There are also some vendor speaking sessions that are identified on the program agenda as “Sponsored.”
Q. How do I become a sponsor?
A. Contact our Sponsorship Director Warwick Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (781) 354-0119.
Q. What happens if the in-person event is canceled?
A. If COVID restrictions escalate to levels where we are forced to restructure the event, we will make an announcement here, as well as reach out to all participants by email. You can also review our cancellation policies for additional details. If you have additional questions, please contact us at email@example.com and our staff will happily assist you.
Q. What is the CDMP, and how do I get CDMP Certified?
A. The Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) is the premier professional certification program in Data Management and is designed and administered by DAMA International. DATAVERSITY conducts CDMP exams at most of our in-person events, including EDW, as part of our long-running partnership with DAMA. Further information about the CDMP will soon be available on our CDMP page.
Q. Can I attend EDW virtually?
A. At the time of writing (September 2021), we do not offer a virtual attendance option.
Q. Will the EDW presentations be recorded?
A. We will be providing more details on potential video options soon.
Q. What if my question wasn't answered above?