Workshop: DAR! The Darling of the Data World

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the 2018 Texas Government Data Forum and is open to staff from public sector entities.

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Location & Hours

Start Time:
Jun 20 2018
9:00 AM
End Time:
Jun 20 2018
3:00 AM
Microsoft Austin Offices 10900 Stone lake Blvd, Building B Austin Email:

DAR! The Darling of the Data World

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 9:00 - 3:00 | Austin, Texas

Hosted by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). 
DIR thanks TASSCC for sponsoring this event.

This workshop is affiliated with with the 6/21 Texas Government Data Forum.

Program Overview

This workshop explores the complexities of developing and maintaining a Data Asset Repository (DAR) and the soft skills that accompany the effort. Soft skill focus areas of the workshop are the importance of communicating the value of a Data Asset Repository, messaging to stakeholders, lessons learned and the DAR Glossary.  Attendees will leave with:

  • An understanding of developing a DAR
  • A fully formed value statement
  • Real world examples of previous lessons learned
  • Examples of crafting multifaceted messaging for garnering buy-in from stakeholders and cultivating champions
  • DAR Glossary
  • DAR Playbook for data collection and performance measures


8:30 - 9:00 Check-In
9:00 - 11:45 Workshop Part 1
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 - 3:00 Workshop Part 2

The morning and afternoon sessions will include a short break with minor refreshments such as bottled water and packaged snacks.


Microsoft Austin Office

10900 Stone lake Blvd, Building B, Austin, TX 78759


Andrea Gibbons has over 20 years of experience focused on unlocking the power of data for streamlined solutions, informed decision-making and cost-effective spending. She takes a practical and tailored approach to document, describe, mature, and govern organizational data. Andrea is ever mindful that evolving an organization’s data maturity is as much a practice in data architecture as organizational and cultural change management. During her career, Andrea has worked with fortune 500 companies and Federal, state, and local government agencies where she led multiple initiatives in formulating strategy, architecting solutions, and establishing Chief Data Offices and Enterprise Data Governance Practices. She has deep technology background along with domain experience in several verticals including: Financial Services, Travel, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Defense, and Immigration. She is a regular speaker on Data Topics and is currently on the Board of Directors for the DAMA-NCR (National Capital Region) Chapter in Washington D.C.

Molly McMorrow has nearly 20 years of IT related experience and has demonstrated success in delivering enterprise-wide technology solutions worldwide. She has led projects in business process improvement, data and metadata management, and compliance and data governance strategy. Her passion for solving problems has focused on non-profit and public sector clients where services and solution delivery can make a difference in areas of education, housing, healthcare and health information technology. Molly is currently the VP of Programs for the DAMA-NCR (National Capital Region) Chapter in Washington, DC.

DIR will award continuing education credit.

Registration and Fees


This free event is open to any Texas government/public sector staff interested in data issues.  

Registration and Cancellation Policy

There is no fee to attend, but DIR does need a firm committment from attendees for this unique, one-time event. A late cancellation fee will be billed to no shows and late cancellations.

To ensure as many agencies as possible can participate, DIR may need to limit the number of attendees from a single agency.


1. Request a seat in the class via the online form.
2. Receive a confirmation from DIR (or notification of status)
3. Attend on 6/20, cancel by 6/15 noon, or send a substitute
(Otherwise, expect an invoice for $50 from JFS Events.)

Request a seat in the workshop via this online form. 

(Please return to the form to cancel, or to provide more information, such as a typo in original entry.

Cancellation Policy and No Show Fees
Cancellation Deadline: Noon, Friday, June 15, 2018.

(Cancellations must be received via the enrollment form.)

The workshop is free, however NO SHOWS and LATE CANCELLATIONS (those received after 12:00 noon on June 15) will be billed a $50 cancellation fee.

Invoices for cancellation fees will be issued by: JFS Events, P.O. Box 12731, Austin, TX 78711  (EIN 45-5124481)



DIR would like to recognize the following parties for making this event possible: 
* Andrea Gibbons & Molly McMorrow for sharing their expertise
* TASSCC for supporting this event
* Microsoft for providing classroom space