Heidi Quicksilver


Heidi Quicksilver - Digital Archive Manager

Steeped in extensive experience working with museums, Quicksilver has a clear understanding of what digital asset management means to these institutions.

What companies/organizations have you worked for as a DAM professional? What was your role at each?

How do you describe digital asset management to others?

Making order out of chaos.

If you weren’t doing DAM as a career, what would you be doing?

I love working in the museum world. My original career path was to become a conservator, however my fascination with Digital Imaging sidetracked me. I would probably heavily pursue a career that blended these two things working with 3D scanning, Infra-red and UV photography etc. for condition reporting of artworks. There is a lot happening with new technology to assist in the preservation and restoration of art and artifacts and I would love to be a part of that.

What is your ongoing greatest challenge with DAM?

Getting people to understand that asset management is a full time job. People don’t really understand what happens behind the scenes to make assets searchable and an archive functional so they can’t really understand the time it takes to create a searchable archive full of relational links and rich metadata all based around the business rules and organization of the system users.

What is your vision for DAM? What will it look like in 5 years?

In 5 years everyone will know what I mean when I say “embedded Metadata”.

What was your biggest success with regard to DAM?

My biggest DAMS success was using Piction DAMS to feed almost 100,000 images to LACMA’s new online collection:

This interview originally appeared on DAM Guru on Mon, 16 Dec 2013. For more DAM News interviews, see the interviews index page.

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