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The 10 Q&AIt’s time for our third interview in our new Q and A series, The 10. Ten questions about digital asset management from professionals in the field. People who actually work in DAMS everyday.

This installment features Nate Ptacek, Video Librarian for Patagonia. Head over to our sister site DAM Learning Center to check it out.


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AWS BadgeAmazon Web Services hosted their annual conference recently in Las Vegas. Lots of people in attendance and lots of new feature announcements. (I estimate around two thousand attendees were present from around the world.)

Held at the Venetian, the event is comprised of keynote events, certification testing and tons of session tracks on various topics associated with AWS.

I attended several sessions around media and digital asset management. Each session had an AWS employee go over the basic or advance behind-the-scenes setup along with a guest presenter showing and talking about their real world setup up. Attendees enjoyed presentations from PBS, Sony, NetFlix and others gaining deep insight into how AWS services can be leveraged to reinvent workflows.

Have no clue what Amazon Web Services are? Find out more here.


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cloudvinhLately everything seems to have some type of ‘cloud’ element.  Are in-house DAM solutions destined to go fully cloud based? Is this realistic? What are the advantages and disadvantages of cloud versus in-house? Check out our sister site DAM Learning Center to find out and join the conversation.


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New to Portfolio or need a bit of a refresher? Our friend Dan has created a series of video how-to’s. In this installment Dan shows how to bulk edit metadata using the Web Client. Enjoy.


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CIAI stumbled across a great interview with Tom Bilson of The Courtauld Institute of Art. Ian Matzen from Tame Your Assets, talks with Tom about how the museum handles their assets via a DAMS and answers several other interesting questions. Have a look:

Tom Bilson Q and A


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GIFOn our sister site DAM Learning Center we recently did a series on file formats of choice and the need to perhaps be protective of what formats are allowed in you DAMS and which are not. You can check them out here:

Part One: Those Allowed

Part Two: Those Not

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of comments were made so I thought it would be nice to highlight a few:

aniemann states:

DNGs are a problem for me. You say the dance floor is limited…but a DNG with embedded raw uses up more dance floor. Yet, when you don’t embed the raw, you end up losing the ability to use better converting algorithms that will come along later – as happened with Lightroom a year or so ago, for example.

Agreed. If you can afford the extra space (storage is much more affordable now) I would highly recommend embedding RAW files when creating DNGs. You never know when you may need to go back and make subtle adjustments to get just a bit more out of the file.

Lynn commented:

Have .eps files died in preference to an editable pdf created in say Illustrator?

I have been led to believe an eps produces better vector results than pdfs.
For example what would be best to use for a logo than is to be placed into a design document.
Granted PDFs can be viewed by ALL, but is an eps better quality wise?

RAWEPS files are still being used in creative workflow but might be loosing some ground to the PDF format. If you are a Quark user you really have no choice but to continue to use EPS files. CS/CC users have the ability to use both EPS and PDF.  EPS files can have issues when it comes to color management. Key take away: If your creating and sending out files often for printing or for use by others, take the time to ask ‘What format do you prefer?’

PNG, though suggested in part two of the series as ‘unable to gain access to the club’, in fact should be given access.

Jeff Morrison states:

Also strange is your aversion to PNG. I understand the issue with lack of metadata support, but I can tell you that in my experience, most of the metadata was added within the DAM software, not prior to it.

I tend to agree. Perhaps not the sexist file format but because of their relatively small file size PNG’s have lots of uses when dealing with file size limitations and bandwidth. Sure you can’t embed metadata but embedding in all files may not be required in the large majority of workflows.

 

Sounds like we should settle it via a poll!

Take the poll here

 


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MCN2013-cover-for-webRecently I was in Montreal for the Museum Conference Network’s (MCN) annual event. The weather was freezing but the conference was full of energy. For those new to MCN:

‘MCN supports museum information professionals and the greater community by providing opportunities to explore and disseminate new technologies and best practices in the field. With an annual conference, special interest groups, listserv, and project registry, MCN is here to help you seek out and share knowledge about technology trends and issues you face every day.’

It was an international event with attendees from around the world. Here is a short list of a few: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, and The Getty Museum.

I attended several sessions, I especially enjoyed ‘Solving a Pain in the Asset: New Approaches to Digital Asset Management’. Here is a little snippet from the synopsis:

‘The Metropolitan Museum’s implementation of a DAM has been in place long enough to see how workflows for digital collections have evolved beyond images of artworks to include mobile audio tours, digitized print publications, and non-object imagery such as event photography, library scanning, and historical photos related to exhibitions and other museum history. The library of the Philadelphia Museum of Art uses DAM tools to manage archival collections of ephemera and documentation of the museum building, and to serve internal research needs.’

Key takeaways from the event regarding DAMS:

  • DAMS are not just for photography. A DAMS is an important tool to hold all museum related content from audio tours, large document scans to exhibition materials, maps and other ephemera.
  • Unfortunately one system will not do it all. Using Museum Plus, Mimsy, or Gallery Systems? You’ve likely already integrated or plan to with other systems, one of these likely being a DAMS.
  • Avoid large, complex and costly DAM solutions. Instead focus on targeted simple to use and flexible DAMS (these are most likely to succeed in your organization)
  • Connectivity, make sure your DAMS candidates can connect to your CMS system. In most cases this is via and API.

Learn more about MCN:

Museum Conference Network

More about the 2013 conference:

MCN 2013 Conference

 


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I am happy to announce the arrival of Portfolio Flow, a new mobile app for uploading items from your device directly to Portfolio Server with searchable metadata!

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Music: Faster Does It (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0

Portfolio Flow for mobile devices. Select, Tag, Upload, Done.

Portfolio Flow allows your team to be more efficient away from the desk. Using a mobile device (iOS or Android) users can tag assets in the field and upload them directly to Portfolio Server. No more assets without data, no more assets that don’t come off the device.

Learn more about Portfolio Flow


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Let’s do a quick survey on the top DAM features you can’t live without. I’ve thought about a few features that I would love but don’t currently have.

Hop over to our sister site DAM Learning Center to give the poll a try and let me know your thoughts in comments if you also tick ‘Other’.

Poll: Top DAM features


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Educause BookletRecently I attended the annual Educause conference in Anaheim, California. Educause is the main event where higher education professionals and technology companies come together. The big and small vendors were all present including Dell,  Microsoft, Panasonic and McGraw Hill.

Several seminars and events were held and attendees had the chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with the latest trends in technology and how to integrate more easily with the needs of higher education.

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