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DAM Weekly Round-Up – 20th August 2018

by Charles Russell on August 20, 2018

A collection of recent DAM-related articles from around the web, sourced from DAM Federation member, Planet DAM.

Getting Organized: Taxonomies, Keywords and Tags

This handy little entrée into categorisation and tagging from Canto explains the fundamental roles of taxonomy and metadata within DAM systems.  It makes some noteworthy distinctions between keywords and tags and how they sit in the taxonomy hierarchy.  Although the information and examples are tailored towards their own platform, the tips are relevant to any DAM platform and should provide a good starting point fpr increasing the findability of your assets.

1 Million Assets

An interesting podcast episode (transcript available) documenting the migration of 1 million assets belonging to car insurance provider Progressive Insurance, scattered across various locations, into Widen’s new ‘Collective’ DAM system.  The article describes the migration process, how they prioritised the content, dealt with user roles, and how they managed to prune over half of the original assets.

Elvis DAM and Swivle Case Studies

For the more curious DAM enthusiast, or those wishing to procure a new DAM solution, Cyangate have presented two new case studies, both using versions of Widen DAM platforms – their flagship system Elvis, and its lite version Swivle.  The businesses involved are BrassCraft – a plumbing manufacturing outfit; and the Union for Reform Judaism.  Along with basic technical details, the case studies outline company-specific requirements and implementation outcomes.

The new Swivle agent, which allows browser integration with desktop software, was also recently reviewed here on DAM News.

The Tech Stack Every Real Estate Company Needs

OpenAsset have recently published an article outlining what they consider to be the essential technical toolkit for real estate businesses.  Although the title is slightly misleading in that the article only considers the marketing side of operations (i.e. it ignores the nuts ‘n’ bolts software responsible for property sourcing and syndication, mortgage brokering, financial, payroll etc.), it’s still a worthwhile read if you’ve got time to ponder best practice or a vague interest in the tech behind property marketing.

How to Set Up Real-Time Photo Workflow

PhotoShelter’s proprietary DAM solution, Libris, is to broadcast a live Webinar on 22nd August at 2pm (US Eastern Time).  The webinar promises to provide a walkthrough for setting up a wireless FTP photo workflow, along with the common challenges faced when setting up time-critical content delivery methods such as sports broadcasts and live event coverage.  The webinar will also contain a Q&A session and the chance to learn a few tricks from other creative teams.

What is Stock Photo Rights Management?

DAM solutions provider MerlinOne have published an article explaining the basics of stock photo rights management.  Although tailored towards their own DAM system, the information can be applied to any platform and media types other than photos.  The article should also furnish you with a basic understanding of rights managed content, the difference between royalty-free and licensed content, and what’s involved in the basic workflow for authorising and managing stock-based assets.


Checking Out Swivle’s Agent

August 17, 2018 Vendors

I have recently tested the Swivle Agent – a multi-purpose connector that allows users to check-in and check-out files that are stored in Woodwing’s ‘DAM Lite’ solution Swivle.  A more in-depth review of Swivle itself was previously published by my co-contributor Ralph Windsor – in this article I will be briefly covering the agent itself. […]

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DAM Federation: New Industry Association Launches

August 2, 2018 Industry News

Today DAM Federation, a new DAM industry association officially launches.  This is a loose association of affiliated Digital Asset Management community information and educational resources of which DAM News is a member: “DAM Federation is a group of affiliated Digital Asset Management information services providers who have a common goal of educating and informing the […]

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AI and DAM: A Pick ‘n’ Mix Approach To Automated Metadata?

July 26, 2018 Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is here to stay; much like the way blockchain technology has been hijacked and eclipsed by the frantic rise and fall of cryptocurrency, so too has AI been prematurely blasted from the over-zealous scattergun of emergent technology and hyped as the next big thing before it has reached maturity. DAM solutions provider OpenAsset […]

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Resurrecting The Advanced Search: A Boolean Visualisation Tool

July 20, 2018 Enterprise Search

Whilst wandering through the once vibrant and bustling ghost town of DAM innovation, I recently came across an interesting little nugget caught amongst the tumbleweeds.  Strangely familiar, yet subtly different from its common predecessors, 2dSearch is a project that’s aiming to resurrect the mother of unused features – the advanced search. We’ve all seen it, […]

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AI & DAM – The Value Of Process And Data Accuracy To Enhance Contextual Awareness

July 4, 2018 Artificial Intelligence

Peter Flood, CEO of AIDA Content Management, has recently published an article on LinkedIn entitled The Value of Accurate and Precise In-Frame Metadata or Dealing with the Current Impenetrable Fog of AI, in which he ponders the current state of AI within DAM and the possible negative effect that it might be having. Peter’s article […]

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DAM Vendors 2018 Pricing Survey Now Open For Participation

June 28, 2018 Industry News

We are once more running our DAM vendor pricing survey 2018 edition and are now inviting responses from vendors.  This is the second time we have conducted the survey, the first edition was published in 2016. Earlier this year, we sent a link to a form on our DAM Vendor Directory where vendors could indicate […]

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Understanding Digital Asset Management APIs

June 25, 2018 DAM Education

I have recently contributed an article for our features section: Understanding DAM System APIs: A Primer For Non-Technical DAM Users.   This is in response to the lack of knowledge that many end-users seem to have about this subject (and in particular that simply having an API is insufficient, of itself): “The role of APIs in Digital Asset Management has […]

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London DAM EU Meetup – 28th June 2018, 5.30pm, Radisson BLU Portman Hotel, London W1

June 14, 2018 Industry Events

London DAM Meetup (which I am a member of) are holding a meetup at the end of the first day of Henry Stewart EU conference.  Those members of the group who are are unable to attend the conference itself can participate at the end during the ‘sponsored drink’ session: “Henry Stewart, who are hosting DAM […]

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W3C Digital Asset Management Ontology Community Group Call, 5th June 10am ET

June 4, 2018 Industry Events

The W3C Digital Asset Management Ontology Group (chaired by Aaron Bradley, Emily Kolvitz, Matthew Patulski and Spencer Harris) has a conference call tomorrow (5th June) at 10am ET.  The call is accessible via  The group was started last year and its purpose is discuss, create and maintain extensions to related to the Digital Asset Management Industry.  There […]

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Why The Value Of Content Services Is Diminished Without Interoperability Standards

June 1, 2018 Opinion

Over the last year or so, I have been reading a number of articles about Content Services, a term allegedly coined by analysts Gartner (although I have my doubts as to its true provenance).  A few weeks ago, I discussed Magan Arthur’s article about Business Object Management where it was also referenced. On a linguistic  […]

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