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What is Professional Data Management?

Management and Stewardship of Data

Professional Data Management (PDM) involves the management and stewardship of digital and physical data used throughout the energy sector. It covers a wide spectrum of responsibilities to ensure data is acquired, stored, and used in efficient and innovative ways while complying with legal and regulatory requirements.


Professional Data Managers work with data and stakeholders across multiple domains in the offshore and onshore industry, including geology, geophysics, petrophysics, production, drilling, and reservoir engineering, as well as environment, legal, and regulatory licensing. Professional Data Managers also work closely with IT and data science disciplines, and some individuals may have responsibility across domains and disciplines.

Wider Impact

The oil and gas industry also has a critical role to play in the changing energy landscape. Data and the work of Professional Data Managers are key parts of the industry’s approach to the issues and opportunities arising from energy transition.

All are Welcome

SPDM aims to support individuals who have an interest in these areas, regardless of their role or type of organisation.

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