Health and Safety – Updated September 7, 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 17 months have been full of uncertainties, we are pleased to have the opportunity to conduct the 2021 Data Governance & Information Quality (DGIQ) 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 upcoming DGIQ 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 (email@example.com) 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 DGIQ participants. We will also provide clarity about the validation and testing processes that will be in place at the conference.