To try and make sense out of the DAM space and the products that are on offer from a technical perspective, I have created the Google Spreadsheet project which lists DAM products tech specs by Vendor. It is my hope (and some can say it already has) that this will become a collaborative effort by the DAM community to parse this information down to its most boiler plate facets. Its a no frills, no promotional sales language, vendor agnostic, approach to just getting to the basics of the technologies on offer. The focus of the list is on the technology aspects of the products as opposed to the features or strengths. Currently, the document has 70+ collaborators including myself (and we are adding more every day). Please contact me if you like to be added to the list of collaborators or visit the link and request access here. Below is… Read More »
Digital Asset Management is not just an application, but it is a business practice requiring certain roles in place for success in any organization. For the most part the profession of Digital Asset Management is not fully understood, except for by those in the ‘know’. This is due in part to the maturation and growth of the field in just over the last few years. Have you taken a look at the landscape of content management technologies recently? This is no longer a one-trick pony in a one-horse town, but a process that requires support from a skilled selection of professionals and has touch-points across the organization. To quote one of my favorite bloggers on DAM, H. de Gyor, “Digital Asset Management is a business need, not just a technology or another database”. Many institutions who have systems that were implemented over 4 years ago are now facing the challenges… Read More »
Every time I exchange some educational dialog with someone, it necessitates in me the need to blog. It’s clear there is a TON of confusion out there regarding different tools involved in management of digital/physical collections (i.e. content technologies). Dear museums and archives at the end of the day you’re not that much different than that advertising agency. Yes, some of your collection needs are more complicated (longer asset lifecycles etc). At the end of the day though, you all need to use many of the same technologies, tools and best practices appropriately to get the job done and taking shortcuts (using the wrong solution for the need) and not clearly understanding those technologies is costly. I think about 90% of those working with cultural institution collections don’t really understand the difference between a digital asset management system (DAM) and a collections management system or even what a content management… Read More »
Call it a rant, I call it a blog “posting”. Lately, I have become acutely aware that there exists a major hurdle to digital project success (specifically digital asset management) that we who work in institutions need to be aware of. I recently had a colleague return from an Archives Conference abroad that focused on Digital Asset Management and to put it lightly her mind was blown. She’s not an archivist, she’s not a digital asset manager, but she is an administrative assistant in a cultural institution. Her reactions to what she learned further confirmed some of my own feelings I had after recently speaking at both a Digital Asset Management conference and an Archives conference. Which is that, technology has changed our work environments and roles more than most people are aware. It is no longer acceptable to operate in a silo and remain unaware of how other professions… Read More »
Metadata and Taxonomies are my thing. I spend an awful lot of time drinking coffee and having existential dilemmas on how to categorize what the hell I do for a living.