ADISC Update - April, 2002
our last ADISC update we talked about the series of workshops that were held on
a wide range of topics to define the scope of zoo and aquarium animal data
needs. At the end of January the
Inteq Group, a technology consulting firm, delivered the documents that resulted
from these meetings: the project Mission and Charter, a conceptual data model
and supporting work processes, a technology assessment, and a project plan. The
Charter outlines the overall scope of a future animal information system that
for the purposes of identification during the project was nicknamed ZIMS
(Zoological Information Management System). These deliverables define and
documente the scope of business data needs at a very high, broad level.
February, ADISC members, Sue DuBois and Bob Lacy, ADISC Finance and Governance
Group members, John Lewis and Jerry Borin, and AZA staff, Brandie Smith and Kris
Vehrs, attended the Global Animal Data Group (GADG) meeting in Costa Rica.
Recognizing the need for greater international participation in the
development of what will be a global system, GADG participants recommended the
formation of an international committee to focus on moving forward with the ZIMS
project. This new group, called IADISC (International Animal Data Information
Systems Committee), will consist of representatives from each of the Regional
Zoo & Aquarium Associations. IADISC will provide a forum for communicating
project activities among regional associations and will insure that any new
database that is developed will be truly international in scope.
March, the AZA Board of Directors approved the ADISC’s request for funding to
move forward with the next six-month phase of the ZIMS Project. Funds for the
project will come from AZA’s operating reserves. The next phase includes the
development of an RFP with the assistance of the Inteq Group and the assignment
of a project manager to coordinate the increase in project activities. Sue
DuBois, Walt Disney World, will assume the role of project manager for the next
There were many people who did a lot of work in support of this effort during the last phase of the project including workshop participants, ADISC members, and AZA staff who deserve thanks. We would also like to thank the National Aquarium in Baltimore and Hans Keller, Director of IS at NAIB, for providing much of the project management support during Phase I, and Walt Disney World for its support for project management in the next phase. Please look for more information on the ZIMS Project and IADISC activities in future issues of the Communiqué. For more information about IADISC and the project, please contact committee chair, Bruce Bohmke, firstname.lastname@example.org, or project manager, Sue DuBois, Sue.DuBois@disney.com.