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

My side projects in 2016

My blog is a mixture of musings on Digital Asset Management, programming stuff, and diary entries written mostly for myself. This is such a diary post, an update to my side projects in 2015.

The DAM Guru webinar Margaret Warren, Demian Hess and I had done on Linked Data in DAM had a lasting impression on me. I kept thinking about how to build a next-generation DAM system (and new DAM interoperability standards) by combining Semantic Web tech with microservices/Self-Contained Systems. In January, Johannes Schmidt invited me to talk about these topics at the Hamburg office of DI UNTERNEHMER. I’m not sure they got much out of my talk, but I learnt a lot preparing it :)

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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:01:00 +0000

Digital Asset Management Reading List Jan. 2017: Library, Metadata Automation, DAM in 2017

Here’s the last month’s Digital Asset Management (DAM) articles which had a lasting impression on me – picked from the constant stream of blog posts floating by on Planet DAM.

Part of my LIS education was old school “Googling”: running around a scientific library, searching the shelves for a book or journal containing the right information. So I especially enjoyed Denzil Ford’s explanation on why it makes sense to call DAM a “library”, given its similarities with the traditional book library. See also Ralph Windsor’s introductory article and Constance Ard on how the core librarian skills remain relevant.

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Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:28:00 +0000

Digital Asset Management Reading List Dec. 2016: Taxonomy, Hoarding, Innovation

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.

Taxonomy is a common theme this month: Taxonomy, Metadata, Tags and Controlled Vocabularies, an excerpt from David Diamond’s book, serves as a good introduction, as well as Christopher Gibbs’ Understanding taxonomy and metadata. Laura Fu has some advice on how to set up a DAM taxonomy. See also Ralph Windsor on Enterprise Taxonomy Management.

Ian Matzen reminds us not to be a Digital Asset Hoarder, while Peter Krogh recommends keeping everything. Whose side are you on?

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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:56:00 +0000

Company culture resources

I’ve been thinking a lot about company culture recently. I believe that there’s enormous potential in reflecting on and improving the culture; you’ve certainly heard the famous saying “culture eats strategy for breakfast” attributed to Peter Drucker.

So, what is company culture (or corporate culture)?

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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:43:00 +0000

Digital Asset Management Reading List Nov. 2016: UX, Zapier, Metadata

Copying Anselm Hannemann’s Web Development Reading List format, 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 Digital Asset Management.com Links and Tracy Wolfe’s 10 things on the 10th.

Ralph Windsor writes at length about DAM in 2030 on DAM News – including an excellent analysis of the DAM UI usability dilemma: The minimalist interfaces vendors “currently over-obsess about” are hard to reconcile with the inherent complexities of DAM. And vendors may not even be trying to get this right since “devising applications that are both powerful and simple is expensive”.

DAM system user experience (UX) is what Theresa Regli talks about too. While she says vendors “are much better at marketing than user experience”, she sees UX being a hot topic among DAM vendors, and even names some which are getting it right.

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Sun, 06 Nov 2016 22:49:00 +0000

Where’s the “9 to 5” hackathon?

To give a little background to a Twitter conversation I had this week:

I came across a hackathon announcement that sounded pretty interesting. It’s scheduled from a Thursday afternoon until Saturday night, with “open ended” hacking starting at 19:30 on Thursday.

I tweeted: “If hackathons weren’t designed for people without a life/family, I’d be in!”

The organizer responded: “Our Hackathon takes only 2,5 days. I guess you could easily find a way to attend :-)”

My answer: “I guess you could easily find a way to “hack” in daytime, sparing nights and weekends :-)”

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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:23:00 +0000

I’m. So. Slow.

Today, our 4-year-old thanked me for making him walk home from kindergarten: “When we drive home, we’re so fast. I don’t want to be fast.” He’s also always the last person to finish when the family eats together – just as I was, and my father before me. I guess being slow runs in our family.

I eat slowly. When time is short, I prefer not eating at all to having to hurry. I move slowly: Walking is way better than driving, or even riding a bike. If I cannot fully enjoy the moment, I’d rather skip it.

That’s why Derek Sivers’ “I’m a very slow thinker” resonated so deeply with me. He writes: “I’m a disappointing person to try to debate or attack. I just have nothing to say in the moment, except maybe, 'Good point.' Then a few days later, after thinking about it a lot, I have a response.”

I’m a slow thinker myself: I’m quick with questions and ideas, but slow to answer, decide, or judge. (What do you call the opposite of “jumping to a conclusion”?) Being fully aware of the breadth of possible explanations – and of everyone’s point of view (the burden of being empathic) – I know I need time to think things through.

Of course, sometimes I’m simply slow because I’m daydreaming, with my head in the clouds. (Understandably, my wife often hates all that slowness.)

The above probably makes sense to you, but I guess it sounds weird if I say I’m even slow to feel, to build up emotion. Of course I don’t feel nothing: I immediately sense excitement or unease. But it takes a while for me to develop or discover my true feelings, to find out how happy or upset I really am.

Everybody’s normal till you get to know them, I suppose :)

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:36:00 +0000