Updates from the Board – March 2019

In Association news

SCDM State of Data Management

Did you hear that SCDM is celebrating our Silver Anniversary?  25 Years!!!

That is 25 years of GCDMP, webinars, ccdm certification, workshops, annual conferences, regional conferences, white papers, educational opportunities and leadership events.  We have been BUSY!

Did you watch the SCDM webinar entitled: Reflections on past, present and future? (https://www.scdm.org/online-education/webinars/)  This webinar outlines the future of our profession and is like watching a feel-good movie – we have certainly come a long way and you will feel inspired about your role in our industry after watching.

In the webinar, Linda King, the SCDM Chair gives some thoughts on the future of our career and the types of challenges we will see such as: Virtual Trials, BYOD, iOt, AI, Blockchain, health records, big data, real world evidence.  The webinar also highlights the expanding world of data management and includes many examples. It provides a great overall perspective of our current data management challenges and highlights the value that data managers bring to our industry.

Consider the terms Data Science and Applied Data Science.  This refers to the collective processes, theories, concepts, tools and technologies that enable the review analysis and extraction of valuable knowledge and information from raw data.  It is geared toward helping individuals and organizations make better decisions from stored, consumed and managed data (1).  Does this sound like you and what you do in your Data Management position?  It sure sounds like an applicable updated name for the traditional Data Management role to me.

When we were discussing thoughts around Data Sciences, I heard it said that our expertise in applied Data Science is in the clinical space: taking all types of data, using tools and applying Therapeutic Area and domain expertise and creating information and knowledge that can be used to:

  • keep on top of trial execution (trial excellence),
  • ensure data integrity and data quality,
  • and gain new insights into data strategy for a molecule.

This is really exciting work that we are doing!

Related to applied clinical data science, I’d also like to introduce the new SCDM Vision and Mission:

SCDM Vision (our aspirational view of the Society):

Leading innovative applied clinical data science to advance global health research and development

SCDM Mission (what we do):

Connect and inspire professionals managing global health data with global education, certification and advocacy

I certainly think the vision and mission apply to what I do at work every day, and it makes me proud to be in this industry.

Lastly, here are some career enhancing to-do items available from SCDM:

  • Review the following updated GCDMP chapters to see if your organization is in alignment:

Updated DMP Chapter; eCRF Completion Guideline Chapter; Vendor Selection and Management:


  • Sign-up for a FREE online session on Electronic data Capture here:




Secretary, SCDM


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