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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.

Medhat Mahmoud writes about DAM and IoT (Internet of Things), and Ralph Windsor comments on generating value from data through DAM. Melinda Cormier describes a fun use case involving outdoor digital screens which send location and temperature data to a DAM system, to help it decide which advertising campaign to display on the screen.

The DAM trends in 2017 webinar recording (30 minutes) featuring Theresa Regli is well worth your time. See also the “DAM in 2017” predictions by MediaValet.

Jared Bajkowski shares his DAM stories from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, including this catchy definition: “DAM boils down to repository, reuse, and rights.” If you want to dive deeper into rights, Pariah Burke shows how to document stock photo licenses within the DAM, and (RightsML lead) Stuart Myles shares panel discussion videos on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works.

I love the way Jake Athey defines DAM as “the foundation to connect people, process, and technologies through visual content.”

DAM News’ Ralph Windsor wants to help organizations develop in-house DAM consulting expertise, starting with an “education package” on vendor selection. Kate M. Spaulding asks LIS students to consider a DAM librarian career.

Analytics isn’t just for pretty-looking graphs – Nate Holmes applies scientific methods to marketing analytics, while Jack Saville explains how DAM helps SEO. Julian Wright lists the different types of video metadata.

EnterMedia president Christopher Burkey talks about his mission of not only providing an open source DAM system, but also fostering open data for the good of society.

For techies, it’s interesting how John Zimmer breaks down Content Services software architecture into platforms, components and applications. Mariana Cedica goes “serverless”, generating thumbnail images in Nuxeo using AWS Lambda.

I rarely see vendors feature competing products on their blog, but that’s what Pica9 is doing with their DAM software reviews.

Nice DAM system screenshots and demos: The MediaBeacon Visual Workflow Editor. Brandfolder sharing features. Flight by Canto help videos. A first impression of Razuna 2.

Thanks for following along!