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This was announced on David Riecks’ Controlled Vocabulary list and it should be of wider interest to others involved with Digital Asset Management also (especially those with a special interest in social media).  Jessica Bushey of the University of British Columbia is conducting a survey as part of her Ph.D: Trustworthiness of Digital Photographs Accessed and Stored in Social Media Platforms.  Anyone who completes the survey can elect to get a copy of the results.  Being an academic study, you can be reasonably assured that no spam is likely to be sent to you as a result of your participation:

You are invited to participate in a brief study of the use of social media platforms by individuals to access and store their digital photographs. The research is being conducted by Ph.D. candidate Jessica Bushey, under the supervision of Dr. Luciana Duranti at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The aim of this particular survey is to obtain some objective data on individuals’ use of social media platforms in the context of contemporary digital photographic practice.” [Read More]

David reported it took about 6-7 minutes to complete the survey and having just filled it out myself, I would agree with that estimate.  The questions are well structured, don’t require narrative input (unless you want to offer it) and the results should generate some useful insights into digital photographs and social media.  It is long overdue for some proper impartial research to be carried out in this area, so I would recommend giving up a few minutes of your time to provide your input.


Dropbox Launches Carousel Photo Sharing App – A Game Changer For DAM?

April 17, 2014 Industry News

Last week, Cloud Storage provider, Dropbox, announced they were launching a media sharing application called Carousel.  This allows simplified browsing of images or video held in your account and (more importantly) it includes features to share this media with other users.  Carousel is delivered as a mobile application and appears to be targeted at consumers: “We also […]

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Brandworkz Update To 6.1

April 17, 2014 Vendors

One of our featured DAM vendors, Brandworkz, have released 6.1 of their core brand asset management solution.  This news was partly covered a couple of weeks ago by my co-contributor, but that dealt with their social collaboration module which was announced separately.  The other aspects of 6.1 are rather more utilitarian, including: Hot folders: (known as watched folders’ on other solutions). […]

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New DAM Whitepapers Site

April 11, 2014 DAM Education

Earlier this week, we opened up a new dedicated site for Digital Asset Management Whitepapers at  We have transferred all the DAM News reports into this repository and had some early participation from Picturepark also (who have uploaded two of their own papers and helped us with beta-testing).  The key points are: There is a […]

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The Characteristics Of DAM Systems

April 10, 2014 Digital Asset Management

Elizabeth Keathley, author of Digital Asset Management: Content Architectures, Project Management, and Creating Order out of Media Chaos and owner of Atlanta Metadata Authority, has written an article for DAM Foundation, where she discusses The 10 Characteristics of a Digital Asset Management System.  She offers the following: Unique ID codes Workflow Version control Ability to create metadata fields […]

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Reducing Digital Asset Volumes And Cataloguing Them More Efficiently

April 9, 2014 Opinion

Romney Whitehead, has written an article Curation Before Creation, on her own Borrowed Insight blog where she discusses how the net overhead of managing media has not really diminished with the introduction of digital media, but has merely transferred from one type of activity to another.  To illustrate this she uses some examples from a family […]

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Audio Version Of Elizabeth Keathley DAM Book

April 4, 2014 Digital Asset Management Books

At the end of February, we covered the forthcoming release of a new Digital Asset Management book by Elizabeth Keathley of of Atlanta Metadata and also DAM Foundation: “Digital Asset Management: Content Architectures, Project Management, and Creating Order out of Media Chaos”.  The title was released by publishers Apress earlier this week. Most of our readers who follow the DAM […]

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Brandworkz Add Blogging Module To Their Brand Asset Management Platform

April 2, 2014 Vendors

One of our featured DAM vendors, Brandworkz, have added what they term a Social Media Collaboration Module to their flagship brand asset focussed DAM platform of the same name: “Comprising an internal Blog feature and Who’s Who listing of teams within a company, the Social Collaboration module enables marketers to build an online community within […]

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DAM Projects Update – Free Premium DAM News Whitepaper Offer

April 1, 2014 DAM Projects

Based on feedback received from a few people who have been generous enough to offer it, we have made some judicious alterations to DAM Projects which we launched a few weeks ago.  The most notable of which is that you can manage all contacts with prospective suppliers via the site itself now without the need to […]

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Daminion Update To Version 3.0

March 28, 2014 Vendors

One of our featured DAM vendors, Daminion, who specialise in low-cost desktop single user and client/server DAM solutions, have announced version 3.0 of their solution.  Some of the major additions are: Permissions controls to restrict access to assets. Direct importing of assets from digital capture devices (e.g. cameras, mobile phones etc). Improved interface options. User […]

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Widen Media Collective Upgraded To Version 7.1

March 25, 2014 Vendors

One of our featured DAM vendors, Widen, today announced the new version 7.1 of their Widen Media Collective SaaS DAM solution.  The new features include: Asset level analytics (reporting on per-asset downloads etc) Stylized Collections (branded image galleries derived from favourites/lightboxes/collections etc) Video editing and frame-selection (cropping and custom clips) iOS and Android asset selection […]

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