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
and Guidelines (AZA login required).
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:
- Develop and publish data management guidelines.
- Review actions that may influence AZA data management policy and procedures.
- Advise AZA members regarding standardized procedures for institutional
- Advise AZA Studbook Keepers and Population
Management Plan (PMP) Managers regarding the transfer and use of institutional
data and work with the Small Population Management
Advisory Group (SPMAG) and other SAGs upon request.
technical advice to AZA
Animal Programs and Conservation Action Partnerships (CAPs)
- Through its GOWG, provide expert advice to government
agencies for data management of government managed species.
assistance to the International Species Information
System (ISIS) in its development of data software, data standards and
guidelines, and the new Zoological Information Management
System (ZIMS) software.
- Review proposals to be undertaken and any
resulting documents, including documents published by the GOWG.
- Recruit and interview new IDMAG members.
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.