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DAM Guru are hosting a webinar DAM and Digital Preservation, with Emily Kolvitz as the speaker (who appears in our list of featured resources) on September 9th 2014 at 10am Pacific Time (1pm Eastern Time, 6pm UK & Ireland, 7pm Continental Europe).  The webinar will cover a variety of DAM and digital preservation related subjects:

In this webinar, you will learn concepts of archival theory that easily translate to the practice of Digital Asset Management, in a variety of digital environments including Library, Archive, WIP (Works-in-Progress) DAMs, and assets living in the wild.” [Read More]

There is a useful interview with Emily elsewhere on the DAM Guru site, in particular, her response to the question: “What is your vision for DAM? What will it look like in 5 years?”

I think of current-state DAM as a bucket–a very sophisticated bucket, but the content is what we are all interested in, not the container. People will move to the technology with the least amount of barriers to access and the greatest return on investment. A shift in the way we think about the technologies surrounding DAM, or even the technologies surrounding a very simple problem can often open up new solutions that were not apparent previously. I’ve heard people say things like ‘In the future, maybe assets will describe themselves and we will just be around for a human qc spot check or where a subjective decision is required,’ but that’s not so far-fetched. If the data used to catalogue the assets has already been entered into a disparate system before the asset was created, then you have a situation in which assets can ‘catalogue themselves’ by linking together metadata fields from the original database and the image repository through an automation tool or script.” [Read More]

This is a fair point and it’s a more plausible theory of how automated cataloguing might develop than many of the futurist propaganda theories espoused by some technologists (in DAM and elsewhere) which assume that this will become a problem that the great AI god in the Cloud will solve for them as long as we all just keep making the necessary financial sacrificial offerings.  I still think this is decades away before it becomes anywhere close to practical, but if digital media repositories get to the stage where they are as efficiently organised as other business operations where these concepts are already widely understood, then there is an opportunity to take advantage of that to incrementally reduce the time required to catalogue digital assets by systematically re-using data that has already been generated.

On Emily’s own site, there are a number of her papers which are in-depth and cover some of the subjects discussed in her interview (amongst others).  These are worth reading also and no registration is required to access them.


Time For A Statement Of DAM Core Values?

July 24, 2014 Industry Standards

Ian Matzen wrote an article with the title: Statement of Core Values on his Tame Your Assets blog about a month ago, but I have only just got the opportunity to read it properly and write a response.  The post is timely because there are a number of DAM standards initiatives in circulation currently: “The motivation for forming statement of […]

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Transforming DAM From A Product To Service-Oriented Delivery Model

July 21, 2014 Opinion

David Diamond, author of the DAM Survival Guide and marketing director of Picturepark, has contributed an article for CMSWire: Reinventing Digital Asset Management.  He covers a number of the themes which we have discussed on DAM News for the past few years (and David is gracious enough to give us a brief mention too).  The essence of the […]

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Adobe Launches Stock Design Marketplace – Further Integration Across The Digital Asset Supply Chain

July 11, 2014 Vendors

On Wednesday, Adobe launched the Creative Cloud Market.  In brief, this is a stock media library that allows Creative Cloud users to access pre-built design elements like graphics etc.  The source assets are provided by selected designers from Behance, a stock design market platform Adobe bought up in 2012.  The service is delivered through their Creative Cloud channel […]

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Daminion Upgrade To Version 3.3

July 9, 2014 Vendors

One of our featured DAM vendors, Daminion have upgraded their desktop app-based workgroup DAM solution of the same name.  Here are some of the key new features: Duplicate assets checking (and search for dupes) Enhancements to the built-in taxonomy Synonyms and tag groups Faster rendering (display) of large images such as TIFFs Automatic asset expiry based […]

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Essential DAM Planning For Museums Webinar, 16th July 2014, 10am PT

July 4, 2014 Industry Events

DAM Guru are hosting a webinar: Essential DAM Planning for Museums on 16th July 2014 at 10am Pacific Time (6pm UK, 7pm mainland Europe).  The session is lead by Susan Barrett, Instructional Designer with Arizona State University: “Join Susan Barrett as she offers attendees a better understanding of the process for planning, selecting or transferring to a […]

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Improving Your Search Engine

June 26, 2014 Enterprise Search

Jeff Lawrence writing on the Celerity blog, has an article: How to Improve Your Search Engine: Unlocking Basic Features.  Jeff discusses three basic routes: Review the server and search logs Review your search interface Review the features and functionality offered by your existing search tool and check if you’re using them all to the fullest extent The item is not specifically […]

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Widen Update Media Collective To 7.2

June 26, 2014 Vendors

One of our featured DAM vendors, Widen have updated their principal DAM solution, Media Collective to version 7.2.  The major alterations in relation to integration with Silicon Publishing, AtTask and ProofHQ we have already covered in previous articles.  Most of the other new stuff looks fairly maintenance oriented or cosmetic in nature, but your opinion might […]

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