DAM News Round-Up – 5th September 2022

A collection of recent DAM-related articles from around the web.

Why DAM Vendors Need Neutral Content Digital Asset Hubs

DAM News Editor Ralph Windsor has recently contributed an article to CI HUB discussing the topic of vendor neutral content hubs, and how the traditional approach of pulling in resources from a single DAM, asset repository or cloud storage platform has become out-dated in an age of fluid data and integrated supply chains.  Instead of a DAM connecting to multiple asset sources via integrations and connectors, Ralph explains how a platform-agnostic content hub would allow users to access digital assets from within their software (Photoshop, Illustrator, MS Office) from multiple locations, including DAM, MAM, BAM, PIM and CMS.

The Perils of AI Art: Craiyon’s Commercialization Gamble

This recent article from law firm CDAS (Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP) poses a number of pertinent (and as yet, unanswered) questions concerning the legality and provenance of images created by AI platforms.  Using Craiyon (formerly DALL-E Mini) as an example, the issues raised centre around the ambiguity of authorship and ownership of the generated imagery: If a user entered the prompt that the AI engine used, who actually owns the image?  What if the resultant image closely resembles someone else’s work?  Who owns the material that was used to train the AI or ML algorithms?  With excerpts from Craiyon’s terms and conditions, CDAS highlight a number of valid conundrums concerning copyright, attribution and licensing, and whether the owners of AI platforms actually have the right to dictate such terms of use.

SKOS-XL for Taxonomies

Author and Taxonomist Heather Hedden discusses SKOS-XL (Simple Knowledge Organization System eXtension for Labels).  Along with a basic overview of the differences between the ‘simple’ and ‘extended’ flavours of SKOS, Heather also provides typical use cases and tips on implementing SKOS-XL, noting that the sharing of experiences within the taxonomist community is necessary in order to move from theory to best practice in the real-world.

The 3 steps for successful DAM content migration

Digital Asset Management software provider FotoWare provide three tips for migrating your DAM system’s content to a new or upgraded platform.  The three key sections are: performing an audit of your existing system, reviewing and updating your content structure (folder and file naming conventions, metadata etc.), and metadata mapping to ensure data integrity and that your assets continue to be discoverable, relevant and well-organised.  A well-written and detailed article for anyone tasked with migrating their assets.

Interview with Joris Mollinga about Synthetic Media

With the advent of AI-generated media and the proliferation of deepfakes and other nefarious uses of this emerging technology, it was only a matter of time before someone released a system that attempts to analyse and detect such content. Dutch entrepreneur Joris Mollinga is one such individual, and is the latest interviewee on Henrik de Gyor’s Synthetic Media Podcast.  Joris explains how his start-up, DuckDuckGoose, aims to detect deepfakes in images and video and provide human-readable results.

Feature image generated by DALL·E 2 using the prompt: a dark blue sphere made of digital data

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