Jill Hurst-Wahl imagines the library of the future over on Digitization 101. I like the Starbucks-like, adult atmosphere of the concept. Let kids and teens get their own libraries!
Better sign up soon for InfoCamp Seattle October 13-14. I am thinking of breaking out my favorite presentation on taxonomy, tagging and crowdsourcing called “You Say Tomato, I Say Aardvark.” Don’t miss it.
Stock photography curators at Evolve Images make an unprecedented move to actually publish their photographer roster complete with contact information in case you’d like to commission the photographers. In the past, savvy art producers had to find this information for themselves and before Al Gore invented the internet, that was a task!
While Al Gore did not create the hashtag, Chris Messina did. Read all about it here. Pretty #interestingstuff on the organization of the formerly chaotic #Twitter experience.
Steve Cronan wins a DAMMY. Steve is CEO and founder of 5th Kind, has been awarded the 2012 DAMMY of the Year. 5th Kind is a Los Angeles-based company that provides digital asset management software to view, track and secure digital files and a platform to distribute and communicate.
Admittedly, this week I wanted to write about my awesome new Origins Ginzing mascara and the crush worthy Stuart Weitzman boots at Nordstrom, but this is a blog about information damn it.
For photographers, how to better utilize Adobe Lightroom as a digital asset management tool by using Smart Collections.
Hysterical article by David Diamond on the DAM disconnect when it comes to humans searching. Features some of my favorite lines from the perspective of the DAM system “What the hell are you really looking for? I hate humans. Find your own damned file.”
There was an amazing story on NPR last week about the Charles W. Cushman Kodachorme slide collection and its discovery. Here is a link to the feature on NPR as well as the official Indiana University information.
Cushman’s work captured the United States at particular times in a particular medium.
Check out this video on whether DAM should be in the cloud or onsite. There are pros and cons to both methods. For instance, we host onsite due to security concerns although this may or may not be valid. This “shootout” explains it all. Hosted by David Diamond.
Here’s a great article on CMS Wire by Henrik de Gyor that explains what a good digital asset manager needs to know. Since I am a DAM, I was particularly interested to see the proposed skill set which includes some likely and unlikely qualities such as:
Willingness to help people
The ability to explain the system and processes to users in their terms, not techy elitist terms
Enthusiasm and being an “agent of change”
The ability to speak up
How to create, impart and implement processes
Being able to track performance, accuracy of metadata and errors
Also, there is some useful information on determining DAM maturity which can really help roadmap future growth and goals for your system. I am going to dive into this and also brush up on my LAMP – starting by learning mySQL in October. I was happy to see that I already exhibit many of the other qualities listed.
I’ve been collecting a lot of stuff for you this week, but I just haven’t had a second to write it up. Including some bonus information to make up for the oversight.
Would you like to check out that webinar on taxonomy I mentioned as well as some other great ones? Check out the Picturepark Webinars page.
Here is a great project from the New York Public Library to collect metadata on their vintage menu collection. Talk about crowd sourcing genius. Take a few moments and transcribe a menu for them, please!
Check out some thought provoking ideas from the always astute Micah Vandergrift on the library as publisher. What if the university press was rolled into the library or at least in cahoots?
Interested in DAM industry trends? Here is an article on CMS Wire on that very subject. From proliferation of assets due to user generated content to ingestion automation, DAM is morphing from the silo of the creative department into an enterprise-wide solution more than ever.