DAM News Round-Up – 11th May 2020

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

Party of One: The “Lone Arrangers” of DAM Management

In this YouTube video, Taxonomy and Metadata Specialist Mindy Carner interviews Discovery’s Lori Baluta at last year’s Henry Stewart DAM conference in New York.  Acting as the Senior Photo Operations Specialist and Stills DAM Manager, Lori talks us through her  challenges and experiences as a ‘lone arranger’ during her 17 year tenure, including the importance of nurturing positive and engaging relationships with other DAM users and stakeholders.

DAM Vendor Selection Training & Accreditation

DAM News editor Ralph Windsor follows up the recent publication of a guide on buying enterprise DAM systems with an announcement that that he will be offering optional DAM Federation accreditation for the course.  Featuring real-world tasks that occur in a typical vendor selection process, the test is optional and will be included free of charge upon purchase.

Doctor DAM: diagnosing the problem with your current DAM program. Do you really need a new DAM system?

Due to the current pandemic, many businesses are likely to have far more pressing issues to contend with than replacing their existing DAM system, whether it’s budget constraints or staffing issues.  Digital Asset Management consultant Kristina Huddart has recently published a LinkedIn article that aims to help organisations troubleshoot their current system and extract more value before deciding to embark on the often complex and lengthy process of procuring a new one. With a focus on listening to DAM users in order to compile a list of symptoms, Kristina’s on-point and actionable advice is a good place to start if your DAM system is in need of a tonic.

X-Mapper: The App Helping Police to Map Digital Assets and Much More

Image management solutions provider Fotoware present their X-Mapper application in this recent blog post.  X-Mapper, in essence a geo-location extension,  allows bi-directional tagging and look-ups for images and videos based on the embedded geolocation metadata they contain.  Keywords and geo-information can be combined to show the location of assets on a map, or conversely, used to show assets for a given location.

How EnCase + AI computer vision makes investigations faster

With some staggering statistics on the exponential growth of online video and image content, vendor OpenText continue with the theme of law enforcement and digital forensics in presenting their ‘Media Analyzer for EnCase’  – a new module for their suite of AI-powered image recognition solutions.  The module, developed ion partnership with UK-based company Image Analyzer,  allows investigators to identify assets containing threats such as adult content, violence, extremism, drugs, child abuse material and weapons.

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