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DAM News Round-Up – 2nd March 2020

by Charles Russell on March 2, 2020

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

7 Myths About Digital Asset Management (DAM)

Digital Asset Management solutions provider ImageRelay have recently published a list of myths about DAM on their blog.  The term ‘myth’ might be slightly misleading as many of the issues highlighted are simply common obstacles and symptoms of not having an adequate DAM system in place, it’s nonetheless useful as a reference point for a number of valid issues that businesses are likely to encounter such as storage space, findability of assets, restrictive permissions, and user adoption.  More questionable, however, is their ROI calculator, which, as we’ve discussed previously on DAM News, is undoubtedly going to be a little more complex than simply plugging in a few magic numbers.

Will IEN 2020 Be The Only DAM Conference Held This Year?

In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, DAM News Editor Ralph Windsor discusses its potential impact on the DAM events calendar, and whether the cost and associated risks of planning, staging and insuring high profile events such as the upcoming Henry Stewart conference in New York and the London DAM conference will result in increased ticket prices, cancellation (as is the case with this year’s Mobile World Congress), or the encouragement of more on-line only events.

7 Tactics to Drive DAM User Adoption

Simrin Purhar, onboarding and SaaS implementation specialist at DAM software provider MediaValet, investigates the evergreen issue of user adoption and presents a number of strategic pointers to help increase engagement and deal with the inevitable teething trouble of rolling out new DAM systems.  From forming a communication plan and assigning dedicated change management champions to soft launches and training schedules, Simrin highlights the importance of a user-centric roadmap and how it’s crucial to assemble the right team for the job.

Updated version of “Quick Guide to IPTC Photo Metadata and Google Images”

Following on from the recent announcement of the new Photo Metadata Standard, the IPTC have released a ‘Quick Guide to IPTC Photo Metadata and Google Images’ – a document outlining the new ‘Image Credits’ feature that is displayed when viewing images returned by a Google image search that contain specific metadata fields.  The guide provides a breakdown of these new fields, which include Creator, Credit Line, Copyright Notice, and Web Statement of Rights, along with how to use them and what information to use when populating them.  For developers, a number of examples are also provided, with guidance on using a variety of common metadata tools.

Bigging up AI

Aides Musée and information specialists The Collections Trust have posted an article exploring the current state of Artificial Intelligence in the museum sector, and how the need for large volumes of ‘training corpus’ – training material which is fed to the system in order for it to ‘learn’ – is hobbling adoption for smaller institutions.  Presenting a number of fascinating and ambitious projects involving key players such as the British Library, the Turing Institute and Art UK, the case studies demonstrate how the digitised dots are slowly being joined across multiple cultural, literary and artistic organisations and data sources such as census records and geospatial data in order to unearth patterns and yield new insights into historic periods.

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