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DAM News Round-Up – 10th February 2020

by Charles Russell on February 10, 2020

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

Classification Systems vs. Taxonomies

Taxonomy expert and author of The Accidental Taxonomist Heather Hedden has just posted a detailed article that aims to differentiate between Classification Systems (such as the Dewey Decimal System library classification) and Taxonomies.  From obvious differences, such as Classification Systems have codes whereas taxonomies do not, to more esoteric ones, it’s an intriguing glimpse into the two key ubiquitous methods of naming the things around us.  You can catch Heather at the upcoming IntraTeam DEX conference in March.

Turning a Threat to a Benefit: Controversial AI Delights DAM Users

Turning the recent furore over instances where the general public have been the target of non-consensual facial recognition practices into a positive, DAM solutions provider MerlinOne have published an article promoting the ‘ethical application’ of AI-based image recognition features within their flagship MerlinX DAM platform.  Although AI has appeared to provide workflow benefits in a number of their case studies, which include the Humane Society of the United States and The Akron Children’s Hospital, the scruples of privacy and consent regarding the storage and subsequent use of someone’s face still remain unaddressed.  Watch this face.

Another DAM Podcast interview with Yonah Levenson about Digital Asset Management

Metadata Strategist at WarnerMedia, Yonah Levenson, has recently been interviewed by Henrik de Gyor over at Another DAM Podcast.  As you might expect from someone so immersed in the broadcast and publishing sectors, Yonah is no stranger to the Digital Asset Management workflow, and her involvement in the development of the Language Metadata Table is one such example of her dedication to the strategy and governance of metadata and taxonomies.  Yonah also discusses her experience of the evolution of DAM, how it has moved from a hidden, niche system to a crucial component in today’s workflows, and how short, formal training courses in DAM can help develop hands-on skills for individuals that do not necessarily want to take on project management roles.

When Do You Need a Dedicated DAM Manager?

Continuing with the theme of DAM managers, DAM software vendor ImageRelay have posted an article posing the question as to whether or not you actually need a dedicated DAM manager.  Dealing with issues such as training and user adoption, overseeing the storage and distribution of digital assets, and metadata governance, the case for employing a DAM gatekeeper might seem obvious, although if your business is still unsure of whether it needs one, this article could provide some pointers in helping you build your own.

Product Asset Management – The Key to Accelerating Ideas to Market

DAM software provider Nuxeo‘s Director of Product Marketing, Alan Porter, has kindly written a feature article for DAM News.  In his detailed piece, Alan discusses the impact that DAM is having on Product Asset Management (PAM) and how it forms a key component in the life-cycle of creative content by allowing businesses to get their products to market quicker.  By deploying DAM as an operational hub and leveraging its features, Alan explains how businesses can effectively reduce bottlenecks in their digital asset supply chain by accelerating both upstream and downstream processes.

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