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New Feature Article – Who Needs a DAM Librarian?

by Ralph Windsor on October 10, 2014

Deborah Fanslow has contributed the first part in a series of DAM News feature articles in response to David Diamond’s piece for CMSWire: Library Science, Not Library Silence:

“After reading David’s article, I was inspired to do a little informal research. I was curious…when did the topic of librarians enter the DAM conversation? Have any vendors other than Picturepark published any advocacy on behalf of librarians in DAM? What do DAM consultants and DAM practitioners have to say about information professionals? As it turns out, there has been quite a bit of advocacy published.” [Read More]

The article continues with a formidable piece of research which includes numerous links to items from a wide range of sources (including commercial as well as academic publications).  It’s obvious that Deborah has put a lot of effort into finding examples of advocacy in support of utilising the expertise of librarians in DAM initiatives.  Although she describes her list as ‘not exhaustive’ I think it’s probably about the best example anyone is likely to get for some time to come.

I am looking forward to reading the follow-up articles in this series and it should start to address some of the issues raised by David.  Deborah and Emily Kolvitz also put together the DAM Directory which is equally diligently researched and anyone who hasn’t seen it already would be well advised to take a look and bookmark it for future reference.

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IntelligenceBank Add UI Customisation Features

October 9, 2014 Vendors

Australian DAM vendor, IntelligenceBank , have  added some UI customisation features to their DAM solution.  Mainly this is branding related updates that let users add logos and background images: “IntelligenceBank Marketing continues to innovate in the areas of user-centric branding. Recently IntelligenceBank launched the new Background Image feature, to accompany the following brand customization features for its Digital […]

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Where Next For Differentiation In The DAM Software Market?

October 3, 2014 Opinion

In the previous article today, we covered Widen’s release of their SmartImage ‘DAM Lite’ system and yesterday, the update to Portfolio from Extensis.  I would not want to do a direct comparison between SmartImage and Portfolio since I’m just basing this on some press and web pages, but an impression you might gain from just looking at […]

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Widen Update SmartImage To 4.0

October 3, 2014 Vendors

Widen have updated their SmartImage ‘DAM Lite’ SaaS product to a new version 4.0.  The new features include: Public and custom portals – links to collections of assets Batch editing of assets Quick search using file type and keyword filters. Performance enhancements Increased storage capacity subscription options There is also an introductory quote explaining what SmartImage is from […]

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Extensis Upgrade Portfolio DAM

October 2, 2014 Vendors

Extensis announced an upgraded edition of their Portfolio DAM system today.  The highlights are: Updated User Interface Increased in capacity to 10m assets Live ‘as you type’ searches for assets, or ‘Guided Search’ as Extensis call it Faster search results (i.e. more efficient indexing) Faster metadata extraction for generating automated cataloguing data Addition of required […]

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DAM Foundation Digital Asset Manager Human Resources Survey – Call For Participation

October 2, 2014 DAM Skills

DAM Foundation are conducting a survey into human resourcing for Digital Asset Managers, especially salaries and the type of employers who most frequently hire them.  They have conducted this study in previous years (since 2011) so the objective is to measure how the Digital Asset Manager HR situation has changed over time. If you are employed in this type […]

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Southpaw Add Media Library And Brand Manager Products

September 26, 2014 Vendors

Open source DAM vendor, Southpaw Technology, who develop the TACTIC DAM platform, have announced two additional products: Media Library and Brand Manager, to compliment the three others they announced in August.  Up until now, TACTIC has been a production-oriented DAM platform which might typically be used to automate some markets that make extensive use of workflow automation like […]

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Brandworkz Update To 6.2.1

September 25, 2014 Vendors

UK DAM vendor, Brandworkz, have updated version 6.2.1 of their self-named brand-oriented DAM software solution.  The key new features are: Asset detail preview Multi-page documents Pinned asset bar Larger video uploads The updates appear to be mostly UI-related enhancements, but with a focus on asset presentation.  The general theme seems to be increasing the size […]

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New DAM Books Site

September 19, 2014 Digital Asset Management Books

Today, we launched a site about Digital Asset Management Books.  Along similar lines to some of our other simpler description-based DAM resources, dambooks.org is a list of titles, link to where you can buy them and (where relevant) some additional resources provided by each author.  There are a number of other places which list DAM-related books now, […]

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Widen Employees Talk DAM

September 18, 2014 Opinion

Over on the Widen blog this week, they have an interview with three of their employees.  As a general rule, I find these ‘meet the staff’ type of posts that some companies go in for to be a an embarrassing form of ritualised employee humiliation that manages to combine the most obnoxious elements of HR and marketing into one very dull package.  On […]

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ECM And DAM – Are They Better Together Or Should You Vote For Independence?

September 17, 2014 Enterprise Content Management

In the UK this week, the news has been dominated by the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence where people in Scotland get to decide if they wish to become a self-governing nation state or remain united with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  I gather from those who I talk to from other countries that it has recently […]

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