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Metadata, Controlled Vocabulary and your DAM

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Regardless of the sector, a common challenge we’ve encountered when implementing a digital asset management system relates to the process of asset ingestion and their naming and identification. In plain English, what we’re talking about here is the process of adding files (your digital assets) to the DAM database with enough relevant and descriptive information to make those assets searchable and findable. …read more

Information Bulletin December 2015

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• Seasons Greetings and Holiday Closure 24 Dec – 3 Jan
• DataBasics offers PremiumCare for that Little Bit More
• Canto News: #1 in Capterra’s Top 20 DAM Vendors – again! And more!
• DataBasics Webinars: DAM Deployment Options on YouTube
• HINTS n TIPS: ICC Colour Profile and its Use in DAM….read more

DAM Deployment Options

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Choosing how you want to deploy your DAM solution can be a vital decision on the path to success. Whereas many other applications are deployed based upon current organisational preference, with DAM there are more factors to consider. DAM is all about making content available to the right people, in the right format, in the right amount of time. Picking a suitable deployment strategy is often as important….read more

Cumulus Success Story – Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

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Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is a long-standing scientific and cultural institution that plays a vital role in the study and conservation of Australia’s plant life. Their Enterprise Image Database (EID) is a project developed by the RBG for image control and management, initially for internal use and ultimately as a public resource, using Cumulus….read more

Integration: Cumulus DAM and CMS

DataBasics recently conducted a short survey of our many Cumulus users to determine if there is an interest or need for integration between their chosen digital asset management system Cumulus, and their content management system or CMS – if they have one. The results were interesting. Based on the survey results, shared resources is the number one benefit reported by the majority of the responders, with content reuse, time savings and personalised content delivery coming in next….read more

Most Loved Features of Web Client

From metadata prefillers, approval workflows, to usage asset history, these are the features of Cumulus Web Client users told us they loved the most. In no particular order we present some of the major features of Cumulus that make it the #1 digital asset management system. Comment on files and annotate. Mention other users to notify them with a direct link to the comments page. Send download and upload links to externals – and so much more!. …read more

Top 10 Mistakes Implementing DAM

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DAM is prone to implementation mistakes that can make your project seem like a complete and utter waste of money. BUT KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
This is a report of some of the most common DAM project mistakes, sourced from phone interviews with 32 companies that had implemented DAM in the last 5 years. …read more

Advantages of Cold Storage in Flight

Flight by Canto’s lightweight DAM offers the benefits of cold versus hot storage to manage your content in the cloud. You pay less and manage your dynamic content better when you utilise this option and integrate it with your main workflow. Find out more and watch the little videos to see how it works….read more

HOW TO Create Your Own Controlled Vocabulary

Controlled vocabulary and metadata are important terms to consider when implementing a DAM as they define how your users will search and retrieve your digital assets. Digital assets that you can’t find are not your assets. Have you ever run into a problem when searching for oranges but getting everything from sunsets to flowers? Just because you’re using ORANGE to identify fruit and also colour. Keywording or tagging is the way to identify unique elements to make them easily found and retrieved and their management is through the use of a controlled vocabulary….read more

Investigating ICC Profiles

The ICC Colour profile is not always understood by those who are not directly involved with graphic design – but it is an important element for anyone producing graphical content. The metadata attached to an image includes the type of camera, lens, exposure, shutter speed, colour and other information, depending on the device’s settings. The International Colour Consortium Profile Format (ICC Profile), describes the colour of pixels within a digital image file. How does your DAM manage ICC Profiles?…read more