Luckily, there are professional organizations can give you a jump-start. [A href="http://www.dama.org"][[B]DAMA International[/B] /A] is a not-for-profit, vendor-independent, global association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of information and data management that has been around since the ’80. Practitioners have shared their experience and best practice in the [A href="http://bit.ly/arolzn "][I]DAMA Guide to the Data Management Body of Knowledge.[/I] [/A]
This overview organizes the discipline and provides an overview and set of reference for each area of practice.
Other professional organizations specialize in specific functions within data management. For example, TDWI for data warehousing, IAIDQ and ASQ for data quality, ARMA for records management and AIIM for content management all have great resources and references as well.
Between the breath of DAMA International, and the depth of other organizations, resources are available if you know where to find them.]]>