Digital Asset Management Reading List Apr. 2017: Evolution and Trends

Here’s the Digital Asset Management articles from March which had a lasting impression on me – picked from the constant stream of blog posts you can see float by on Planet DAM. For more curated DAM links, see the weekly Digital Asset Management.com Links.

I highly recommend reading Ralph Windsor’s article Finding signs of life in DAM: Diagnosing what has gone wrong, along with the comments. Metadata entry, finding assets, and interoperability are at the heart of DAM, yet our systems aren’t exactly great at those. (Ralph also criticizes the lack of innovation in DAM in an IntelligenceBank-triggered “rant”.)

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:29:00 +0000

Erik Dietrich: The Polyglot’s Dilemma

Erik Dietrich – The Polyglot’s Dilemma:

“The idealists report to upper management, which consists entirely of opportunists. The opportunists, the organization’s real strategic players, manage everyone. […] They get idealists (journeyman and regular) to believe that the company’s interests mirror their own. And they get them to force that culture on pragmatists who don’t buy it, but don’t fight it.

[…] In the current world of software development, learning multiple languages and notching more and more techs makes for good business.  But it makes for good business in a perpetual subordinate, journeyman idealist context. […] You’ve never figured out how to solve anyone’s actual business problems — you’ve only figured out how to make yourself a perpetually sharp saw for others to use.

[…] I encourage you to stop notching languages and frameworks as part of a Sisyphean spring against the motion of the treadmill.  Instead, take a critical look at what your company has you doing, and start trying to think in terms of the business problems you solve for them instead of the languages that you know.

[…] It will make you expert in an area and give you a framework for solving, rather than transforming problems.  Experts have an easier time getting both contract and fulltime gigs, and they can also move fluidly into consultative or managerial roles.”

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:28:00 +0000

Your company needs its own Knowledge Graph

Just a quick thought:

I’m convinced that each company needs its own, internal version of Google’s Knowledge Graph – all the information that’s vital to the business, in “complex models with many connected entities” (Axel Morgner), to help improve search, bridge data silos, and make metadata entry much easier.

Listen to Dr. Andreas Weber make his case: Semantic PDM: Using a Graph Data Model at Schleich. (I heard him talk about it at the Neo4j Graph Talks in Hamburg, see the German slides on Semantic Data Management).

More on this (Semantic relationships, deep content, Topic Maps, Storylines) in my post: It’s content, not just DAM metadata

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:45:00 +0000

Digital Asset Management Reading List Mar. 2017: Mobile, Administration, Improving DAM

A bit later than usual, here’s the Digital Asset Management articles from February which had a lasting impression on me – picked from the constant stream of blog posts you can see float by on Planet DAM. For more curated DAM links, see the weekly Digital Asset Management.com Links.

DAM News runs a batch of interesting articles in its “Improving DAM in 2017” series that offers perspectives beyond the usual DAM vendor content marketing material. Most articles are written by guest authors, with an introduction by DAM News host Ralph Windsor which is always worth a read, too:

If you’re interested in DAM innovation, make sure to read David Diamond’s excellent interviews with Picturepark employees Olivia Schütt, Rethinking Digital Asset Management, and Stefan Seidl: An API-first Approach to Content Creation, Management and Routing.

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Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:31:00 +0000

Our DAM News piece on “Improving DAM Interoperability In 2017”

In response to Ralph Windsor’s call for contributions, and with the help of ImageSnippet’s Margaret Warren, I have written an article for DAM News:

Improving DAM Interoperability In 2017

Make sure to also read Ralph Windsor’s accompanying piece DAM Interoperability In 2017 – Where Do We Go From Here?.

I’m looking forward to your feedback and opinions – let’s discuss the article in the comments section, on LinkedIn, via Twitter or e-mail.

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:04:00 +0000

Metadata values have metadata, too

Field values – inside an SQL database column, an XML tag, or an image’s embedded metadata – are the “atoms” of a data model: the smallest unit. For example, in this record:


… the number “82,175,700” is the field value in the “Germany” country record’s “population” field.

Just as with atoms, there’s a bit more to them once you dig a little deeper. Imagine your boss complaining “this number is wrong – how did it end up in our database?” You might explain to him that you entered this number into the database because the Wikipedia page you visited last week said this was the approximate population of Germany, according to a 2015 estimate.

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Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:50:00 +0000

Slides: DAM Trends 2017

This week, during the Digital Collections Customer Days (for the DACH region, i.e. German-speaking) in Hamburg, I did a talk on “DAM Trends 2017”.

Here’s the slides (or download a PDF of the presentation):

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 20:59:00 +0000

Nuxeo’s Eric Barroca on DAM innovation and interoperability

Better interoperability between Digital Asset Management and adjacent systems is one of my favorite topics (see my post on RDF and schema.org for DAM interoperability). I believe that this requires DAM vendors to work on standards or common “best practices” together. That’s why I love talking interoperability with DAM vendor people (and while we’re at it, why not talk about DAM in general?).

Eric Barroca is CEO at (open source) ECM and DAM vendor Nuxeo.

Tim: Would you mind telling us a little bit about you and your journey to becoming CEO of Nuxeo?

Eric: I started at Nuxeo in 2001 as VP of Operations. Since then, I’ve worn several hats until, in 2008, I was appointed CEO of today’s international company. I played a key role in the development of the Nuxeo Platform, as a digital asset platform.

Your product is called the “Nuxeo Platform”. Is it mostly targeted at large enterprise setups with a focus on custom development?

The Nuxeo platform is designed to be both highly scalable and cost effective, so it can be deployed by large enterprises as well as smaller departments and organizations. However, our platform is primarily targeted at large enterprises that need to manage large amounts of data or very complex assets.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:36:00 +0000

Digital Asset Management Reading List Feb. 2017: AI, IoT, DAM Foundation

Here’s the last month’s Digital Asset Management articles which had a lasting impression on me – picked from the constant stream of blog posts you can see float by on Planet DAM. For more curated DAM links, see the weekly Digital Asset Management.com Links and Tracy Wolfe’s 10 things on the 10th.

Since I’m on a DAM vendor team myself, Anna Cotton’s article on the vendor’s DAM product team being the key to customer success resonated the most with me.

Sadly, the DAM Foundation closed down last month – and all of their blog posts are currently gone. You can still find the influential 10 core characteristics of a DAM on the DAM Maturity Model site.

AI (artificial intelligence) is a hot topic: Henrik de Gyor interviews Asset Bank’s Martin Wilson, who says image recognition is still in its infancy but useful under human supervision. Bynder’s Chris Hall thinks it’s already 80% there. According to Theresa Regli, “we can finally take it seriously”. Ralph Windsor remains skeptical for now. Giuliano Iacobelli connects Box and Clarifai using Stamplay.

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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 02:17:00 +0000

DAM innovation: Distributed content in Nuxeo and Picturepark

In April 2016, I wrote in Distributed DAM: From silo to search engine:

“I wonder whether a modern DAM system should let us “manage” decentralized or distributed assets: We should to be able to not just find them within the DAM, but also add/edit metadata and rights information. […] Wouldn’t it be great to sign up to a fresh cloud DAM system and have it automatically index and link my Dropbox files, Google documents and Facebook photos – then letting me search and organize them?”

It’s great to see that Nuxeo and Picturepark (in my book, the two most innovative DAM vendors), are actually implementing this feature! (Can I make another wish now? 😎)

Picturepark product manager Olivia Schütt talks about this in Rethinking Digital Asset Management (the feature is planned for the upcoming Picturepark Content Platform):

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Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:26:00 +0000