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About EDM Council
About EDM Council

about the edm council

Our Mission - "Global Advocates of Data Management"

The EDM Council is the Global Association created to elevate the practice of Data Management as a business and operational priority.  The Council is the leading advocate for the development and implementation of Data Standards, Best Practices and comprehensive Training and Certification programs.

From our humble beginnings...

In the May of 2005, a group of executive managers from a dozen Tier 1 institutions and five leading data management vendors got together to talk about the challenges of managing the meaning of the data that flowed across systems and applications. They all had teams of professionals working on information technology, but few (if any) managing the precision and quality of the data itself. The result of that meeting was a commitment to elevate the practice of data content management and the birth of the EDM Council.


EDMC locations


US, Canada, UK, Europe, South Africa, Japan, Asia, Singapore and Australia

EDMC members


member organizations

EDMC professionals



Today, the EDM Council is a global organization, with over 200 member organizations from the US, Canada, UK, Europe, South Africa, Japan, Asia, Singapore and Australia, and over 10,000 data management professionals as members.

The EDM Council provides a venue for data professionals to interact, communicate, and collaborate on the challenges and advances in data management as a critical organizational function. The Council provides research, education and exposure to how data, as an asset, is being curated today, and vision of how it must be managed in the future.



EDM Council Focus...

Implementing Best Practices:

The Council is helping to define the core capabilities needed for the development and implementation of practical data management programs. EDM Council members work collaboratively to define what works and what doesn’t in the real world.

Training and Certification:

Through our partnership with eLearningCurve we offer 50 online courses and 200+ hours of education material, from fundamentals to advanced topics with 10 Information Management tracks supporting 2 professional certification programs.

Analyzing, Benchmarking and Comparing the Industry:

Assessment of the current state of data management across the financial industry. The benchmarking work is derived from the Data Management Capability Assessment Model (DCAM) and provides a standard mechanism for the evaluation of progress.

Driving Standards to Enable Innovation:

Adoption of data content standards for the precise identification of financial instruments and business entities, as well as the adoption of common language, is critical to enable the latest in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Networking the Global Community:

Establishment of business relationships and personal networks of professionals who understand the reality of how to implement change in the way financial institutions operate.

Supporting Data Related Regulation and Compliance:

Consultation and advice to regulators and market authorities on the data management implications of financial regulation.

EDM Board of Directors...

The EDM Council is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors representing a cross-section of the membership. The Board consists of institutions, data vendors, technology companies, and strategic consultants. The Board sets the agenda for the Council and monitors progress against organizational objectives.

Board Member Organizations