At the recent in-person DMSC General Membership meeting at IMTS, Executive Director Mark Thomas summarized the goals, accomplishments, and status of the DMSC for 2022.
In 2021, DMSC expanded its newsletter frequency to a monthly cadence to help members and all interested parties keep up with QIF activities. Distribution started out at about 1,400 individuals and in 2022 is now at well over 2,200. Newsletter open rates exceed 26%, with a click rate of about 4%.
One of the key goals of the organization has been to improve the value proposition of being a DMSC member. We are very appreciative of our member companies for their commitment and contribution to the intellectual collective driving industry-wide adoption of QIF (Quality Information Framework). One measure of the strength of a member-funded organization is member retention. It is anticipated that for this year, member retention will be 100%.
DMSC moved ahead with QIF training efforts by way of the highly popular QIF Coffee Chat webinar series. Various QIF-centric topics were presented by QIF subject matter experts as a service to DMSC members and other interested parties. Interest was high and many sessions had 100+ registrants. The 1-hour webinars were recorded, and a link forwarded to all registrants for later viewing, even if they did not attend. All recorded webinars in this technical series have been uploaded to the DMSC YouTube Channel and are now available for public viewing and sharing with your colleagues.
Compared to 2021, DMSC web traffic is down slightly, including QIF downloads. While this may be disappointing, it should be noted that our DMSC YouTube channel (launched in 2020) traffic is up substantially! 2021 had 52 subscribers, January 2022 had 105, and by September 2022 it was 135. Interestingly, our most popular video of all is “QIF 101” with nearly 3,000 views.
2022 has been a productive year for DMSC:
- QIF 4.0 is now visible on the horizon
- a new, formalized QIF training program is being evaluated
- the new Model-Based Characteristics (MBC) standard is being documented for submission to ANSI
- major hardware/software solution providers have announced support for QIF.
We want to thank the DMSC Board Members, Working Group Chairs and participants, as well as all of our industry, subject matter experts, and their organizations for the generous volunteer hours devoted to maintaining and advancing the QIF standard. We are enthusiastic about the new standards that are emerging from this collegial collaboration.
Please feel free to direct any questions about our current and future projects to Mark Thomas by email.