DAM News Round-Up – 3rd October 2022

DAM News Round-Up

A collection of recent DAM-related articles from around the web, hand-picked by the DAM News editorial team.

What is a Taxonomist, and Why Do Digital Orgs Need Them?

This light-hearted article by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s metadata specialist Andrea Mateka discusses the topic of taxonomy, from a basic definition of its constituent parts and its origins within the classification of biology, through to how the CBC is currently investigating machine learning to make content creators’ lives a little easier.

Introducing Make-A-Video: An AI system that generates videos from text

Meta (formerly Facebook) has recently announced its new AI video creation system.  The unimaginatively named ‘Make-A-Video’ joins the growing number of AI image creation tools such as DALL-E, Midjourney and Google’s Imagen that use a prompt to generate original images.  As the name suggests, Meta’s offering allows the creation of videos and is based on publicly available datasets.  Make-A-Video is currently in a research phase, although you can sign up for future access via their website.

Taxonomies and Semantics

Author and Taxonomist Heather Hedden provides an update on her activities in the field, including her appearance at the recent SEMANTiCS conference in Austria, and how the definition and role of taxonomies changes depending on its context.  Heather explains how language differs from taxonomies in the broader information landscape and how Web 3.0 or the ‘semantic web’ is a kind of extension where information is designed to be linked by meaning and not simply via the content and links therein.

IaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS: What’s the difference, and how do I choose?

This recent article from content services provider Hyland demystifies the three key cloud service models: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).  In addition to a breakdown of the pros and cons of each service, the article includes insights and tips for choosing the correct model for your organisation.

MerlinOne’s NOMAD™: The first of the “Fifth Generation” Visual AI Systems

This interesting read from DAM vendor MerlinOne’s CEO David Tenenbaum draws some unlikely parallels between the evolution of fighter jets and the rapid progress of visual AI technology such as its own NOMAD system.  The introduction of AI into Digital Asset Management systems is described as ‘fifth generation’ DAM.

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