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What DAM software release notes should look like

As you can see on Planet DAM, many DAM software vendors have a blog. Some of them use it to inform their customers about new product versions – software developers are calling this “release notes” or a “ChangeLog”. For existing customers, this is extremely important information. They need to know about the availability of a new version of their DAM software, about new features, changes in existing features, and bug fixes.

I assume all of you DAM vendors are providing your customers with release notes for new versions, with most of you distributing them by e-mail, not making them publicly available. Probably because you’re afraid that competitors will steal your features, and that the inevitable list of bug fixes will drive prospects away.

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:10:00 +0000

Jonathan Rochkind: Linked Data Caution

While preparing for our DAM and the Semantic Web webinar, I came across a spectacular (and very long) blog post on the pros and cons of Linked Data. It is well applicable outside of its library context. I wish we had such a deep discussion of all the technology we’re considering to use:

Jonathan Rochkind: Linked Data Caution

My favorite quotes:

“I worry that “linked data” is being approached as a goal in and of itself, and what it is meant to accomplish (and how it will or could accomplish those things) is being approached somewhat vaguely.”

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:18:00 +0000

Product idea: Live meeting agenda for collaborative presentations

The whole point of meetings – unless it’s a public announcement by the big boss – is collaboration. Strangely, we seem to be lacking software tools to support this kind of synchronous collaboration. Our primary meeting tools are PowerPoint or Keynote presentations, whiteboard drawings, and the occasional shared Google Docs document.

I see four problems with using PowerPoint for meetings:

  • It’s hard to switch presenters. We have to unplug the projecter or change seats, and jump between different PowerPoint files. This is far too static. I don’t know about your meetings, but in our office, we’re going back and forth in meetings, with multiple people wanting to contribute and show something to back up what they’re saying.
  • PowerPoint presentation mode is read-only. For the presenter, it’s pretty awkward to jump into editing mode to add notes, correct a mistake, move or add an agenda item during the meeting. And for the audience, it’s impossible.
  • People watching the presentation become an “audience” instead of participants. They cannot even follow the presentation on their computer and click a link in it.
  • The agenda, the meeting structure, isn’t well-represented by PowerPoint slides. It’s hard to keep track of which agenda item we’re currently in, and whether we’re running out of time.

I’ve been thinking about meeting collaboration tools for a few years, and I need to publish my thoughts so I can get them out of my head (or start doing something about it).

So let’s say we’re building a new, Web based tool called “Live Meeting Agenda”. Someone uses it to create an initial agenda, then send its URL to each participant, so people can collaborate on the agenda. Before or during the meeting, anyone can add items, slides, notes, links, files.

The Web app has one Web page per agenda item, like this (click to enlarge):


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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 21:00:00 +0000

schema.org markup for a DAM system photo record

I’ve been talking about RDF and schema.org for DAM interoperability in a previous blog post. What’s been missing was an example.

Here’s what the actual schema.org markup for a random photograph could look like (in RDF/XML notation):

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Thu, 03 Dec 2015 23:45:00 +0000