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DAM News Round-Up – 29th July 2019

by Charles Russell on July 29, 2019

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

5 mistakes to look out for when choosing a DAM solution

DAM vendor Woodwing have posted an article highlighting five common mistakes when choosing a DAM system.  Covering a number of popular use cases from simple photo libraries to brand and campaign management, the post presents a collection of feedback and insights from the recent Henry Stewart DAM Europe conference.  Topics covered include focusing on use cases, cost, UI versus APIs, vendor pitches and outsourcing.

3 Powerful Ways to Enhance Your Image Copyrighting

This article from DAM solutions provider Canto covers the three most basic methods of protecting the copyright in your images, these being formal registration via a copyright office, and the two deterrent approaches of using watermarks and copyright logos.  One important oversight in this article is the use of metadata to track and protect digital content and its value, although perhaps this should come as no surprise considering Canto’s somewhat questionable advice on how to strip metadata from photos in one of their recent articles.

IPTC investigates: what does Facebook do with your photo metadata?

IPTC, the global standards body of the news media, has posted the results of their 2019 investigation into how social media networks such as Facebook uses, and perhaps abuses, the metadata from user submitted photos.  Although there’s a small improvement in Facebook’s methods since the 2016 report, which previously saw them stripping all EXIF fields, the article exposes a number of practices which continue to ‘break’ the IPTC’s guidelines, such as stripping all metadata in the XMP format, and modifying numerous fields in the IIM format.

Facebook’s “hidden” metadata codes

Following on from the above article, consultant and metadata champion Carl Seibert has recently posted a blog article investigating Facebook’s metadata wrangling, and the mysterious 99-digit string that the social media giant has been adding to uploaded photographs.  The ‘structural abnormality’ in the ‘Special Instructions’ field was discovered by Australian law student Edin Jusupovic whilst examining the metadata in a hex editor.  Less of a whodunit than a whydoit, Carl follows the story and ponders whether the embedded data is as nefarious as some have claimed.

Onsite Corporate Taxonomy Training

Digital Asset Management expert and author of The Accidental Taxonomist, Heather Hedden, has posted an article that delves into her activities as a corporate taxonomy trainer.  Covering a wide and detailed range of techniques, materials and exercises for groups and individuals alike, Heather explains how she tailors her workshops and seminars based on real-world input to accommodate and provide practical taxonomy guidance to all levels of expertise.

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