Content Management Blog

Content management and digital asset management articles, tips and advice.

Dropbox Is More Than a DAM

Article originally published on 8th March 2018 at CMS Wire. Ask anyone in the DAM industry if Dropbox is a DAM and the answer will be a firm “no.” But does it still hold true that Dropbox & Co are just file sharing tools? Digital asset management (DAM) advocates...

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Content Management White Paper: Next Steps

This document has provided you with one perspective on best practices for managing content. And while the recommendations herein are based on practical experiences, there are a number of differing opinions on some aspects of Content Management. It is a good idea to...

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Content Management White Paper: Measuring Results

There are only two good reasons for measuring results of your content system: You need to report those results You plan to use those results to improve performance The first point suggests that some manager will qualify the value of the content system or the content...

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Content Management White Paper: Output Channels

Though output channels can be as diverse as Twitter, a video distribution service, or product catalog production, what is common when routing content to output channels is the workflow considerations through which content must traverse before it is published. Unlike...

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Content Management White Paper: Making Content Available

If your content system includes making content available for human users, you will likely want to provide some means for routing content to humans. Content becomes available to your known users through permissions that enable them to access the content. Content can...

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Content Management White Paper: Routing Content

When we speak of routing content, we refer to making content available in additional or different places. In some cases, this involves actually moving content, but in many instances it refers only to changing access permissions, sharing content or links, or opening...

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Content Management White Paper: Archiving Content

It is a good idea to think of archiving as nothing more than a change in lifecycle stage for content. Archived content might be reusable at any time, so the notion that you are “done” with any content forever might result in missed opportunities. The act of archiving...

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Content Management White Paper: Creating Semantic Links

Semantic links are one of the keys to digital asset management as well as content management success. Computer-based search operations have historically been based on character matching: a search for building finds content tagged with building. One limitation of this...

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Content Management White Paper: Automated Metadata

Automated metadata tagging is becoming more common in content management. The premise of such a technology is alluring: Send an image or video to a service and have it send back a selection of tags that describe the content. This can save countless hours of human...

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Content Management White Paper: Real-World Metadata

Those familiar with digital asset management understand the value of accurate and complete metadata profiles. In short, if content does not include quality metadata, that content is as good as lost. When you type a search term in a content system, you are asking the...

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New Picturepark Brand Identity

Today, Picturepark® launched its new brand identity which marks the beginning of a change in its market positioning from purely Digital Asset Management (DAM) to more transactional “Content Routing”. The rebranding project was started with first agency trials in mid...

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Content Management White Paper: Storage and Archiving

An important content management concern is storage space: where, what type and how much. In most cases, these choices will be up to you. In some cases, content systems mandate where and how they store content. More modern systems will not impose such limitations. If...

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Content Management White Paper: Access for Collaboration

Once content is in the system, it must be managed to ensure it can be accessed by those who need it, and to ensure it cannot be accessed by users and systems that should not see it. Among the most common aspects of content management are: Controlling access Storage...

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Content Management White Paper: User Groups and Roles

Virtually all enterprise software systems are designed to “think” in terms of groups or roles, rather than individual users. Groups and roles greatly simplifies system administration and security, because global access changes can be quickly managed,...

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Content Management White Paper: Users and Flow

Before taking on the details of your content management practices or content system design, it helps to think in the abstract about two key considerations: Who or what will be creating, editing and consuming your content? What rules and regulations will...

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Content Management White Paper: Overview

Overview Users and Flow User Groups and Roles Content Creation and Acquisition Access for Collaboration Storage and Archiving Next week: Real-World Metadata A complete copy will be made available as a whitepaper at a later point in time. Please subscribe...

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Open Letter About the DAM Guru Program

Dear member of the DAM Guru Program It was a European midnight in early 2013 when David Diamond texted me from San Francisco. A US competitor of us had just released its affiliate program. We had been preparing our own such program over the last weeks for launch the...

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Slippery Synonyms

The final part of this miniseries on the use of synonyms explains how and when synonyms can adversely affect the value of a content system. When you start to think in terms of preferred terms and their synonyms, it can become an addictive game: How many...

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Knowing when It’s Time to Start Over

An interview with Picturepark CEO, Ramon Forster While Picturepark (the company) was designing a major upgrade to Picturepark DAM, the company had an epiphany: The scope of Digital Asset Management was expanding, yet no DAM system was...

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Synonyms in Practice

The second part of this miniseries on the use of synonyms provides examples of how synonyms can be used in a content system. How synonyms are managed depends on the DAM or content management software in use; but support for synonyms should be considered...

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The Value of Synonyms in Content Systems

This three-part mini series on the use of synonyms aims to help users understand the benefits, use and potential dangers of using synonyms in content systems. The nuance of language is what makes it beautiful, interesting, tough to learn, and even tougher...

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Is Content Management 2.0 the Death of DAM?

An interview with Picturepark Global Marketing Director, David Diamond Having worked in Digital Asset Management since 1998, David Diamond has seen a number of changes within the industry. In his books, DAM Survival Guide and Metadata for Content...

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Faceted Taxonomies

Taxonomy design for digital content management isn’t exactly like traditional taxonomy design. Computers are more flexible than library shelves. Digital content can be in two (or more) places at once. Further, the ability to find content based on taxonomy facets,...

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New Tech for a New Generation of Content Management

An interview with Picturepark Director of Engineering, Urs Brogle If there’s one skill every software developer learns quickly, it’s being able to critique code written by others. There’s always a better way to do things, they reckon. But what happens when the code...

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Rethinking Digital Asset Management

An interview with Picturepark Content Platform product manager Olivia Schütt In 2015, longtime Picturepark employee Olivia Schütt became the Picturepark product manager. Schütt inherited a legacy application with a sizable installed user base, just at a time when the...

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Metadata Automation – New Jersey DAM Meetup Recording

Video recording of "Metadata Automation," the New Jersey Digital Asset Management Meetup from 14 Dec 2016. The New Jersey DAM Meetup hosted another impressive panel for this month's virtual meetup, entitled "Metadata Automation." Panelists included David Riecks, Mark...

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Next-generation Picturepark Preview

The Picturepark Content Platform is the next generation of Picturepark. More than three years in design and development, the Picturepark Content Platform encompasses digital asset management as a subset of the total content management capabilities that will soon be...

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