What is Wrong with my DAM? Communication Issues

If you are finding that your DAM is not getting the use you wanted it to, there can be many reasons why it has not been adopted or supported by users. Setting up a communication strategy and surveys can be key to getting buy-in and user support.

Communications Issues Checklist:

Were users and other stakeholders surveyed or […]

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What is wrong with my DAM? Technical Issues

If you are find that your DAM is not getting the use you thought it would there can be many reasons why.  Often talking with users and administrators even IT might help to uncover some of those issues. Here are some questions you can ask regarding the technical set up of your DAM.

Technical Issues Checklist:

Is […]

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Considerations for Weeding a Digital Asset Collection:

What is the original or most stable asset file type?

A lossless non-proprietary format is recommended over a proprietary and lossy format because the original and decompressed data is considered more archivally sound and preferred by a library or archival unit.
example: a lossless TIFF is considered better than a JPEG because it is a lossless non-proprietary […]

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Controlled Vocabulary Deployment and DAM

If you are using spreadsheet software like MS Excel to create a hierarchical CV there can be a lot of flexibility in deploying your controlled vocabulary to your DAM

Most DAM programs will allow for the import of a CV as a plain text document, though sometimes there are certain formatting rules that need to be […]

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How We Would Tag It:

Last week we posted a picture. We asked how you would tag it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is how we would do it:

Broad Term
Narrower Term 1
Narrower Term 2

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

FOOD

GARLIC

BUILDINGS & SPACES

OUTDOOR SPACES

FIELDS

FARMS

DEMOGRAPHICS

ETHNICITIES

SOUTH ASIAN

GENDER & AGE

MID-ADULT (25-45)

CHILDREN (0-12)

NUMBER OF PEOPLE

LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE (+7)

OCCUPATIONS

FARMERS

GEOGRAPHIC PLACES

THAILAND

PHOTOGRAPHIC TERMS

SELECT FOCUS

GROUP PORTRAIT

PHOTOGRAPHIC SETTINGS

FARMSCAPE

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How Would You Tag It?

So, once again we ask, how would you go about tagging this image?

Check back next week for how we would do it.

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Why You Need A Controlled Vocabulary:

Why do you need a controlled vocabulary for your DAM system?

Here are some good reasons:

1) Browsing

2) Identification of assets for unfamiliar users

3) Retrieval and inventory

4) Explain the relationship between assets in the collection

Examples:

Browsing: I want to see all the images of Poodles. What I’m looking for isn’t there. Can I see all the images of dogs? I wanted a […]

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Balanced Precision and Recall In Searching

Balancing precision and recall in search results with a good controlled vocabulary is key for an excellent user experience.

Why is this important?

You want to be able to find, within your collection, not only exactly what you are looking for, but also what is similar so you can browse a well rounded collection of search results. […]

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