Who We Are

We are a non-profit organization that is run by its members for its members.  We work with partners across industries and academia, with vendors, and with other commercial and non-profit partners in order to fulfill our mission while remaining steadfastly vendor/partner agnostic (neutral).  Founded in 2015, isCDO grew out of, and maintain ties with, the MIT CDOIQ Symposium and are building our network of academic collaboration.

isCDO is currently operating under the auspices of the Reengineering Forum (REF), a U.S. registered 501(c)(6) non-profit industry association, founded in 1990 and incorporated in Massachusetts, that manages and fosters collaboration and professional exchange across a number of related data and information technology areas.

As a society, we run meetings with partner support for the exchange of ideas, trends in data leadership and to provide a neutral "safe place" for discussion.  Some of our work with our partners includes supporting meetings they run and for which we try to arrange special offers and opportunities for our members.  We commission and publish papers and seek contributions from a wide range of thinkers and practitioners in the field.  We also work cooperatively with academic researchers and institutions.

isCDO History

​isCDO grew out of MIT's annual CDO and Information Quality Symposium, held since 2007 by the MIT Sloan School of Management. In 2015, work began on forming a professional association for CDOs.  In 2018, the isCDO initiative joined under the direction of the Reengineering Forum (REF), a 501(c)(6) non-profit industry association founded in 1990 that manages and fosters collaboration and professional exchange across a number of related data and information technology areas, including business process reengineering, data-driven management, data reengineering, systems reengineering, and reverse engineering.

Founding Director — Richard Wang, PhD

​Richard Wang is the director of the MIT Information Quality (MITIQ) and Data Science Program and co-director of MIT’s Total Data Quality Management (TDQM) Program.

He is a prominent leader in the practice and research around the Chief Data Officer (CDO)

role. He conceived and chaired the Inaugural MIT-Army CDO Forum and established the

CDO Forum as an annual event at MIT. He has been chairing the Annual MIT CDO &

Information Quality Symposium since 2007.

Dr. Wang has extensive federal government experience ranging from the Department of

Defense to the intelligence community to other federal agencies. From 2009-2011, Dr.

Wang served as the deputy CDO and chief data quality officer of the U.S. Army, for which

he received letters of appreciation from the Army’s chief information officer (CIO) and the

CIO in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.


Dr. Wang is the recipient of the 2005 DAMA International Achievement Award. Previous

recipients of this award include E. F. “Ted” Codd, for inventing the Relational Data model,

and Peter Chen for the Entity Relationship model. He is an honorary professor at Xi’An Jiao Tong

University, China. From 2005-2009, he served as a visiting university professor of information quality at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Wang was a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management for almost a decade. He received a Ph.D. in information technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1985

Protecting Your Data

We use industry standard security and protection capabilities to ensure your data is kept safe.  We endeavor to follow the principles of the highest global standards in Data Protection, currently GDPR, without that detracting from your rights within your country of residence.  A Board Member is designated with specific responsibility for Data Protection, analogous to the DPO, to deliver our response to the exercising of those rights.



As we update our membership and services, and as regulations change, we regularly review and update this policy.
Contact: iscdo@iscdo.org

1 February 2019

Rich at conference end


International Society of Chief Data Officers (isCDO)
P.O. Box 225    Pinehurst  MA   01866   USA

Phone:  +1.781.272.0049 

Fax:  +1.781.517.0151

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