Community & News


  • The Reference Values Committee is part of the global PPDM Association program to develop practical resources (IPDS) for data systems – you can learn more and visit the lists that already are available on our website. The Reference Values Committee is currently looking for members who can:

    • Support as SEISMIC DATA subject matter experts for a short-term commitment (2 – 8 hours) to help us develop new reference value lists
    • Join the Committee that is leading this initiative. This will require a few hours each month

    Please contact if you would like to learn more or get involved.

  • Last chance for Training Survey!
    Posted on
    April 23, 2021

    On April 20 we held our Train For Your Future Town Hall to discuss development of new learning opportunities. Thank you to everyone who attended and shared their feedback. A report on the feedback we collected will be available soon, but the survey is still open for your voice to be heard, which you can access here:

    It is our mission to provide you with data learnings to support you through M&As, increase efficiencies, and preserve data quality. If you are passionate about this, please contact our PEAC Committee through

  • On Demand Exams are Coming!
    Posted on
    April 23, 2021

    Have you been considering taking the CPDA Exam but the timing hasn’t worked out? We are launching On Demand exam scheduling in mid-May 2021. This gives you the power to pick your exam date to match your lifestyle.

    Visit our certification page for more information!

  • Calling for Abstracts
    Posted on
    April 23, 2021

    The PPDM Association has many events between August and October, and we are calling for speakers:

    • Perth Data Management Workshop – Aug 11-12 - Data Management and the Energy Transition
    • Denver Petroleum Data Symposium – August 31 - Navigating Change: How to Survive and Thrive
    • Oklahoma City Petroleum Data Workshop – September 9 - Beyond the Well
    • Calgary Data Management Symposium – October 21-22
    • Houston Expo – October 25-26 - Adapting, Surviving, and Thriving with Data

    Please visit the event pages or email for more details!


  • As we prepare for our 30th Anniversary Celebration, we are looking for interesting and fun artifacts from our history. If you have an artifact to share, please email it to

  • As our professional development team focuses on developing new learning opportunities, we need to hear from you to get it right. What do you need to learn? What skills do you wish to develop in order to best manage the demands of the industry today? It is our mission to provide you with data learnings to support you through M&As, increase efficiencies, and preserve data quality. Be a Part of the Conversation - We are hosting a Town Hall on April 20, 2021, to have a conversation with our community on current and future training needs so that we can match them. Please visit our website to register to attend the town hall. If you are unable to attend this Town Hall, please complete our short survey:

  • The PPDM Association announces that the Reference Values Lists (RVL) Application Upgrade is now completed and available on our website. The application will contain more than 160 lists by the end of this week from a variety of sources, including several developed for the OSDU. This resource will be continually updated with new Reference Value Lists, so if you have lists you’d like to donate so they can be included, please contact our IPDS team at The PPDM Data Model Documentation Application Upgrade is also now available and links to the Reference Value Lists. We would like to thank the volunteers from this team for all their dedication and hard work. Please plan to attend the 27 Data Byte to hear the RVL team discuss development of this critical resource and demonstrate the process using polling questions. Register now to attend!

  • Biennial Compensation Survey
    Posted on
    March 29, 2021

    Breaking News! We are advancing our PowerBI dashboard to make the 2019 survey results more easily accessible to you and providing a new view with additional filter capabilities.

    The 2021 Compensation Survey will look familiar, but we will dive into questions related to our shifting industry, and jobs. We will also provide real-time updated results that you can track weekly.

  • H1 PPDM Remote Rendezvous
    Posted on
    March 29, 2021

    On April 13, 2021, the Houston Leadership Team has organized a three-hour virtual event – the H1 PPDM Remote Rendezvous - over the lunch hour with a variety of presentations and a panel of our Board of Directors. Presentations include “Transition in Remote Operations: the Benefit and Challenges of Developing an Integrated Operations Center” with Chelsea Skidmore, “2020 is the Black Swan” with Siti Zubaidah Abu Bakar, “10 Things I hated about Subsurface Data Management – Until OSDU” with Jane McConnell, and our Keynote “TBD” by Greg Leville who retired from ConocoPhillips. Register now to save your spot!

  • OSDU March 24 Launch Event
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    March 22, 2021

    The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology standards consortium, is hosting its upcoming OSDU™ event virtually on March 24, 2021, to learn about the release of the new Open Source Data Platform, code named Mercury. The PPDM Association and our volunteers have been working hard with the Open Group OSDU™ Forum teams towards this release and we encourage you to register for this launch to learn more. For those who have not yet read about the collaboration between the two organizations, you can download our Whitepaper now.

    Tailored for the energy industry, the event will announce the launch of a new Open Source Data Platform, developed by The Open Group OSDU™ Forum, which is set to stimulate innovation, industrialize data management, and reduce time to market for new solutions. The event will bring together vendors and end-user organizations from across the globe to explore how best to embrace transformational technologies in order to revolutionise their digital strategies, accelerate innovation and ultimately reduce costs in the energy sector. The Open Group invites interested individuals to attend highlighted sessions hosted by a range of high-calibre industry experts. There are two 2-hour events, the first scheduled to start 9am CET, for attendees from Europe/Africa/CIS/ME/APAC, and the second at 8am CDT for those in North and South America. You can learn more and register here: