Metadata News & Analysis
| Monday Apr 21, 2014
A wise educator once proclaimed that there is “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Not only is this true today, but it's an absolute necessity where rich media assets compete for attention and use within a multichannel distribution framework. Assets are located, changed into different formats and delivered to television, mobile, print and social media with various degrees of accompanying metadata. To speed the process there needs to be a place -- and specifically a central place -- where all rich media assets may be managed for specific use and distribution. A Digital Asset Management (DAM) system can be that place: the Place of Everything (PoE).
| Friday Mar 21, 2014
That we're all suffering from information overload comes as news to no one. And while some people's eyes glaze over at the mention, metadata can act as the key to reducing the noise.
My last article highlighted what the NSA can teach us about the importance of metadata, in particular how metadata can be used to categorize and later find enterprise documents. But as more work gets done out of the office, another type of metadata is gaining prominence: mobile metadata.
| Wednesday Mar 12, 2014
Often surprising to digital asset management (DAM) newcomers is that it can be easier to lose files inside a DAM than it is to lose files that aren't inside the DAM. Worse, the ways in which your content can become “digitally lost” in a DAM don’t require such notable events as equipment failures, thefts or destruction. This article covers some less obvious DAM considerations that lead to DAM users not being able to find the content they need.
| Wednesday Feb 19, 2014
How come the NSA knows who I spoke to last Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. and for how long, yet I can’t find the phone number of a colleague I called last night?
It’s simple -- metadata.
| Wednesday Feb 12, 2014
Most organizations use digital asset management to manage images. It has always been this way and it will likely continue to be this way for some time. After all, images are the thing DAM does best.
But it’s time to stop using DAM to manage images because you could be doing so much more.
| Wednesday Jan 8, 2014
Most of us will probably end the year still carrying those 10 pounds we resolved to shed just a week ago. But not all of our resolutions are destined to fail, especially if we keep the focus on things that are easier to change than our weight.
So let's collectively banish buzzwords, protect our privacy and take a few other steps to make our increasingly commingled work/life a little easier to deal with — and a little more fun. Whether you're a CDO or a CEO, a marketer or a manufacturer, here are several universally appealing technologies to help you reach your objectives.
| Thursday Oct 31, 2013
Digital asset management (DAM) may have some challenges ahead, but lack of opinions isn't one of them. Metadata and digital rights management sparks flew during yesterday's Tweet Jam as we discussed the present and future fate of DAM.
| Thursday Oct 24, 2013
The highly public and underwhelming rollout of Healthcare.gov probably has many of you reflecting on whether your own organization’s complex IT initiatives will avoid similar problems of scale and complexity. I can’t address public healthcare -- but I can provide some help if you are embarking on a high volume enterprise document capture initiative. Such initiatives comprise the first stages of the most important business processes that many organizations have, so it’s important to get these right.
| Tuesday Oct 1, 2013
The DAM industry has enjoyed significant growth in the last few years -- probably as far back as a decade ago. The reason behind this is a simple supply and demand effect that is easier to spot with hindsight but harder to identify while it is in-play (and might explain why DAM was ignored as a side-show by so many for so long).
| Tuesday Sep 24, 2013
| Tuesday Aug 6, 2013
Interoperability is currently a popular subject in Digital Asset Management. Users want to exploit the benefits of DAM systems by accessing the data they contain from within other solutions or even combining several different DAM products to enable a wider range of features.
| Wednesday Jul 17, 2013
Recent news about surveillance of communications metadata has propelled this normally arcane part of the information world to the top of the stack.
| Wednesday Jul 10, 2013
The opposite of digital asset management might well be digital liability management. When a digital asset is erroneously released -- whatever the circumstance -- it can become a corporate liability in no time. If you've always fantasized about your shared content going viral, release the wrong asset and watch what happens. Just ask the NSA.
| Wednesday Jun 26, 2013
A Digital Asset Management (DAM) professional recently shared the experiences he had with DAM vendor demos from three different solution providers. The names of the vendors are irrelevant because the fact is the experience was the same with each and every DAM vendor in question.
| Friday Jun 7, 2013
To paraphrase The Police song (which is apparently the NSA's hold and dial-in teleconference music), "Every Key You Press, The Government is Watching You", as leaked documents show the NSA has full access to most social media and search sites.