DAM News Round-Up – 4th May 2020

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

Why You Should Consider Being a Remote DAM Worker

Following on from his previous article about requesting to work from home on a permanent basis, metadata expert Ian Matzen presents a number of reasons why being a remote worker makes sense, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Covering a wide array of distractions including noise, lighting, temperature, gossip and the general chaotic environment of shared office workspaces, Ian questions whether productivity and employee retention is suffering as a result of the outmoded model of requiring workers to be in attendance.

DAM Guru Program Transfer of Ownership – Open Letter To Members

Community Digital Asset Management project, the DAM Guru Program, has recently undergone a change of ownership.  On 1st April 2020, the program was transferred from Picturepark and joins the catalogue of services offered by Daydream, which includes DAM News, DAM Vendors and DAM Glossary.  All of the current services, such as guru matching, jobs and events will remain exactly as they were before and will continue to be offered free of charge.

Cloud Storage Tools vs DAM: What’s the Difference?

Digital Asset Management vendor Widen have posted an article outlining the similarities and differences between cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Google Drive with ‘proper’ DAM systems.  Covering scalability, metadata management, roles and permissions, data analysis, branding and personalisation, it’s a basic entrée for the uninitiated who are unsure of what kind of platform they require.

The Secret Sauce Behind Project Cortex: Good Metadata

Security and Governance Director at NetDocuments, Jed Cawthorne, take a closer look at Microsoft 365’s advanced AI Project Cortex service, launched last November.  The article outlines the key functionality of Project Cortex and how its ingestion engine can extract content from Microsoft 365, including SharePoint, in order to train Azure’s machine learning algorithms.  Jed explains how Project Cortex can be inserted as a type of low level stent, directly into the flow of an organisation’s content and information streams, allowing deep analysis to generate stronger and more organic relationships between topics, metadata and taxonomies.  Jed also discusses the important role that humans will still have to play in fine-tuning and validating the results.  The approach as a whole is moving closer to Ralph Windsor’s recent article on metadata and AI, which places metadata as the atomic unit at the very heart of AI-based systems.

DAM Open Specification – New Contributor Features

The DAM Open Specification project has just announced a number of new contributor features.  The community project, which aims to provide a three-tiered specification (basic, intermediate, advanced) for the features and functions of a DAM system, now provides full details about its contributors, including their edits, additions and attachments.  Registration is free of charge and all users are encouraged to become editors in order to build upon and improve the specification.

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