DAM News Round-Up – 9th October 2023

A selection of DAM-related articles from around the web, sourced by the DAM News editorial team.

Case Study: ResourceSpace + The History of Science Museum

This case study from DAM vendor ResourceSpace features the University of Oxford’s History of Science Museum, the world’s oldest purpose-built museum with a collection containing over 30,000 objects, manuscripts, photographs and archives.  Surprisingly, the organisation only acquired their first DAM system in 2023, and previously relied on local hard drives and a collections management system that was unsuitable for high resolution images.

Ensuring Seamless DAM Accessibility within the Asia-Pacific Region

Solutions provider Tenovos explore the numerous logistical, linguistic and technological challenges of providing DAM services in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.  Topics covered include geographical distance and latency in processes such as uploading assets, regulatory issues and restrictions imposed by government policy such as censorship and surveillance, and the unique issues caused by China’s so-called Great Firewall.  Guidance and tips include relying on CDNs (content delivery networks), regular caching, and moving the physical location of servers closer to the user base in order to minimise network lag and improve performance.

Best Digital Asset Management Solutions for Modern Game Studios

Game development is a field that we rarely explore here on DAM News, and this recent article from platform provider Mudstack takes a broad look at the available Digital Asset Management options for game studios.  With modern games containing huge amounts of audio-visual content, the ability for developers to keep track of their assets is now a necessity and cloud-storage platforms such as Google Drive are often lacking in functionality when it comes to the dedicated cataloguing, discovery, and preview of complex assets such as 3D and other custom file types.  Products recommended include Shotgrid, Bynder, and Mudstack’s own cloud-based offering which boasts version control and a feature-set designed to serve game designers and their development pipelines.  Mudstack is free for individual artists and provides 50GB storage, with up-front transparent pricing for larger teams and organisations.

Challenges of Digital Asset Management in a remote work environment

Since the pandemic, remote and hybrid working models have now become the norm and this recent article from Swedish DAM vendor QBank takes a look at three unique challenges of working with DAM remotely.  The post provides tips on implementing remote collaboration strategies and how using automated workflows, integrations and AI tools can assist in keeping track of processing and versioning when multiple individuals are working on the same digital assets.

10 Best ChatGPT Alternatives for Marketers

As the march of AI resounds in every corner of our technological landscape, it’s easy to get swept up by ChatGPT’s domination in the chatbot space.  There are, however, numerous other capable alternatives available, and this recent post from CMSWire suggests ten artificial intelligent platforms that marketers can use to generate everything from poetic promo slogans to blog posts and custom spiel for synthetic sales avatars.  A brief overview and pricing model is provided for each recommendation, which includes Google Bard, Microsoft Bing, Jasper AI, Claude Pro, OpenAI’s Playground, and Grammarly.

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