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Overview of Specialist Interest Steering Groups
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The DCA Special Interest Steering Groups have been created to address a number of critical areas affecting the data centre facility itself or the industry as a whole at local, regional or international levels.

We openly encourage members to join these groups and get involved. It is essential that groups have the depth and breath of experience needed to address and achieve the various groups individual objectives so please review the of groups which have been created and a link has been provided to enable you to join any of the Groups listed. 

Please note: If you have other colleagues within your organisation who you feel could also contribute/benefit from joining any of the groups listed below then please contact the DCA with your colleagues details, as well as the Group they would like to join so that we can enable them to gain access to the Members portal. Once connected they to can join any of the Groups and start to get involved. 

In order to join any one of the Steering Groups below you need to be an existing DCA member or a registered user. To find out how to join the DCA click HERE 

If you would like to nominate yourself for a position on the Technical Council click HERE


DCA Certifications Requirements Group – Click HERE

Group focusing on defining and managing the requirements for award of a DCA Certification. The scheme provides independent, industry led data centre certification of resilience level (tier, type or class), operational excellence, energy efficiency and site access security. Any DCA member may join this group – the aim is to get the maximum industry led consensus on what data centres need to do in order to be awarded the DCA.

Energy Efficiency & Cooling Group – Click HERE

The Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Steering  Group is chaired by John Booth and covers :.

International & European Standards, EU Code of Conduct for Data Centre Energy Efficiency

The Environmental Control Group is chaired by Robert Tozer and covers: 

Heat Extraction and Cooling Systems within Data Centres, and their related Standards & Guidelines

To join or find out more on this group click here

Anti-Contamination Group – Click HERE

The Anti-Contamination Group is chaired by David Hogg and covers:

Discussing, advising and recommending practical solutions on the control of dust, dirt and contamination. In particular, preventing damage to equipment; loss of data and conservation of energy. 

To join or find out more on this group click here 


Management Operations Group – Click HERE

The Management Operations Steering Group is chaired by Duncan Clubb and covers:

Data Centre Strategic Planning, Systems maintenance, Human Resources, Skilling & Training, Project Management, NOC Management & Support systems, Business and Disaster Continuity Planning, Preventative maintenance, Safety Procedures, migrating, relocating and de-commissioning of data centres.

To join or find out more on this group click here 


Data Centre Design and Build Group – Click HERE


The implications and opportunities for data centres and aims to provide related helpful advice, guidance and resources. In addition, information related to standards and policies relating to or affecting data centre design and build can be discussed.

The group is currently undergoing re-election stages. If you are interested please click here to find out more

To join or find out more on this group click here

Site access Control and Security Group – Click HERE


The Site Access Control & Security Steering  Group is set up to collaborate on best practice, standards and guidelines on data centre physical security and access control. This includes important items such as fencing, gating, anti-intrusion defence, man and vehicle traps, biometric and PIN access controls, surveillance, security process and management, rack security caging, personnel background checks and associated systems.

To join or find out more on this group click here

Public Sector Special Interest Group – Click HERE

Moderators: Dr Jon Summers (University of Leeds) and Dr Rabih Bashroush (University of East London)


This is a “Special Interest Group” for those working within Public Sector organisations that are interested in data centres and server rooms. Topics of the group may include, energy efficiency, environmental issues, outsourcing and procurement, operational matters, retrofitting and any other data centre related issue or problem. Activities may include developing R&D, knowledge sharing, twinning programmes and looking at innovations (PPI) opportunities. The group is open solely for Public Sector members only, and is provided in association with the EU Funded EURECA project.

To join or find out more on this group click here




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