Institutional Data Management Scientific Advisory Group

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Institutional Data Management Advisory Group

The mission of the Institutional Data Management Scientific Advisory Group (IDMAG) is to work with AZA and its members to promote 1) the development of effective and efficient data management that includes data collection, data storage, data analysis and data retrieval, and 2) the use of animal records data in AZA-accredited institutions. 

IDMAG advises the AZA Board, Accreditation Commission, Conservation Department, and Program Leaders on issues related to institutional data. It is overseen by the Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC), and has one permanent working group – the Government Ownership Working Group (GOWG).  To download related documents and procedures developed by IDMAG and the GOWG, visit IDMAG Documents and Guidelines (AZA login required).


IDMAG is administered by a Steering Committee composed of three Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary), and nine members, all of whom are elected from the general IDMAG membership for three-year terms. The primary functions of the IDMAG are to:


Membership is non-tiered, there are no dues, and though Standing Rules are in place, there are no Bylaws. IDMAG is currently composed of about forty registrars, curators, population managers and researchers. Individuals interested in becoming an IDMAG member must possess expertise in institutional and/or population-level data management.

Interested in Becoming an IDMAG Member?

If you are interested in becoming involved with or obtaining more information about IDMAG please contact Nancy Butler, Chair.