NOTICE: Regarding the Event Format – Updated June 23, 2021

To our Data Governance and Information Quality Community,

All of us at DATAVERSITY would like to thank you for your continued support. While the last 15 months have been full of uncertainties around face-to-face events, we are thrilled to finally see restrictions being lifted. As such, we are delighted to announce that the 2021 Data Governance & Information Quality (DGIQ) Conference will be conducted as an in-person event. The full program and many traditional on-site activities will be presented at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in San Diego this December 6-10, 2021.

As of June 15, 2021, the State of California has lifted almost all significant COVID restrictions on group meetings, including social distancing and indoor capacity limits, so if conditions continue to improve, then we should be able to conduct the DGIQ Conference without any restrictions. We are mindful, however, that from the start of the COVID pandemic, the threats have cycled up and down, and if new data or outbreaks bring about restrictions in the future, then we will need to abide by those. We will communicate any such changes to you as soon as possible and will continue to work side by side with the exceptional staff at the Catamaran Resort to ensure we can provide all attendees a safe and enjoyable experience.

Have additional questions about this event? Please contact us at events@dataversity.net for assistance.

We look forward to seeing you in person soon!

Thank you,


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Q.  What COVID-19 procedures and policies will be implemented at the in-person DGIQ Conference?

A. As of June 15, 2021, virtually all COVID restrictions affecting group indoor meetings have been lifted in the State of California. This is very good news, of course, and means that we are optimistic about being able to conduct the DGIQ Conference without any special COVID protocols. However, as DATAVERSITY’s first priority is the safety and health of all our conference participants and staff, we are continuing to monitor the State requirements, as well as the recommendations of health agencies such as the CDC and World Health Organization.

As such, it is possible that in the next six months, new information may require us to implement some type of restrictive policies. Based on prior restrictions, these policies MAY include some or all of the following measures:

  • Face coverings during indoor and/or outdoor gatherings
  • Proof of vaccination or evidence of a negative COVID test result within 72 hours prior to arrival at the conference
  • Rapid covid test upon arrival
  • Social distancing and/or room capacity limits
  • Liability waivers

Of course, we hope that all the current freedoms will continue; however, based on the various waves of the pandemic over the past 15 months, we must consider the possibility that conditions will again change in the future. DATAVERSITY must therefore reserve the right to modify and add/remove requirements in accordance with California regulations, venue-specific policies, and also at its discretion. While it is difficult to anticipate what these specific requirements may be, you may assume that the cooperation of all attendees with published health and on-site safety protocols will be required to enter and participate in the conference.

We will update this page as we get closer to the event. Again, we have a high expectation as of this time of writing (in late June 2021), that we will be able to conduct the conference at normal capacity levels and without restrictions. If you have additional questions, please contact us at events@dataversity.net and our staff will happily assist you.

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 registration@dataversity.net and our staff will happily assist you.

Q. What is DGIQ?

A. The Data Governance and Information Quality Conference (DGIQ) is the world’s largest event dedicated entirely to Data Governance and Information Quality. Whether you are a newcomer or an experienced data professional, the DGIQ conference offers practical case studies, advice from experts, and in-depth how-to tutorials.

Q. What makes DGIQ so special?

A. DGIQ is not just a regular business conference – it’s an ongoing community and network of data governance and information quality professionals. Like all DATAVERSITY conferences, the educational program emphasizes peer-to-peer learning through the sharing of case studies and practical experience. The setting, on the shores of San Diego’s Mission Bay, is a relaxed atmosphere that helps to encourage this culture of sharing and generosity between attendees.

Q. Isn’t DGIQ usually in June? Why is it in December this year?

A. Everyone knows DGIQ is supposed to be in San Diego in June, right? And then, in December, we go to the east coast. So why is it different this year?

The short answer is, of course, "COVID." A more detailed explanation is related to the uncertainty of conditions during Spring of 2020. Our speakers, attendees, and sponsors were all unsure of whether to make plans to attend, and many companies had already implemented travel restrictions. It was soon obvious that we would have to reschedule the event, so in fairness to all parties, we moved to December 2021.

So, we look forward to DGIQ this December and then returning to San Diego in June of 2022. Then back on the east coast in December 2022, and life will be normal again :).

Q. Who attends DGIQ?

A. Good question! In terms of industries, every major sector of the economy is represented, though the largest industry groups are usually from financial services, insurance, healthcare, online commerce, and government. The range of job titles and functions is also very diverse, including Chief Data Officers, VP and Director-level IT executives, Data Architects, Analysts, Auditors, and Consultants. And increasingly, the DGIQ event attracts managers from “the business side,” who now make up almost 50% of the audience.

Q. How do I get to speak at the conference? 

A. Most of the sessions are selected through a Call for Presentations (CFP) process, starting in May of 2021, and we received over 200 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 speakers@dataversity.net

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 warwick@dataversity.net or call (781) 354-0119.

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 DGIQ, as part of our long-running partnership with DAMA. Further information about the CDMP is available on our CDMP page

Q. Can I attend DGIQ virtually?

A. At the time of writing (July 2021), we do not offer a virtual attendance option. DGIQ 2021 will be our first in-person event after a long COVID-hiatus, and we have therefore decided to put all of our resources into making sure that this experience is the most effective that it can be for those who choose to attend in person.

Q. Will the DGIQ presentations be recorded?

A. We record only a small number of the presentations. If you are interested in the presentations but unable to attend, we do offer a Non-Attendee Conference Proceedings registration option which includes these limited recordings, as well as the PDFs of all the speaker slide decks (except for the 2-day seminars). See the Registration Page for more. 

Q. What if my question wasn't answered above?

A. For registration questions, email registration@dataversity.net. For all other queries, email events@dataversity.net.

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