Digital Asset Management Learning Resources

Many great resources are available to help you learn more about Digital Asset Management. Below are some favorites.

DAM Guru Program Member Webinars

DAM Guru Program members recently started offering their expertise in these free digital asset management educational webinars. All member webinars are entirely free of commercial sales pitches, so you can learn without having to reach for your wallet.

There are currently no new DGP member webinars scheduled

How the Semantic Web Will Affect Digital Asset Management

  • Demian Hess, Director of DAM & Publishing Systems for Avalon Consulting
  • Margaret Warren, Owner of Metadata Authoring Systems
  • Tim Strehle, Software Architect for Digital Collections Verlagsgesellschaft

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DAM Workflows: From Content Creation to Long-Term Storage

Corey Chimko of Cornell University

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Smart Metadata

Carsten Hesse of Six Offene Systeme GmbH

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DAM and Digital Preservation” 

Emily Kolvitz of JCPenney

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Essential DAM Planning for Museums

Susan Barrett of Arizona State University

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DAM ROI Methodologies

Kimberlee Bush of Evergreene Graphics

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Color Management Strategies for DAM

Oliver Häuser of FHCon

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DAM in Commercial Photography Environments

Bob Hendriks of In Transit Images

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Brand Management and DAM in Higher Education

Peter Graham of Cambridge University

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DAM Guru Program Member Interviews

Each week, a new DAM Guru Program member is featured in the website’s blog. These quick interviews are a wonderful way to see how DAM professionals see DAM, how they got involved and what advice that have for others.

Ian Matzen – Tame Your Assets
Deb Fanslow – ICP
Kathleen Cameron – Nest
Keith McKeon – Hogarth Worldwide
Mark Leslie – Adidas
Yumiko Saito – Amazon
Annella Mendoza – MAM Librarian & Archivist
Kelly Pepper – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Alice Cameron – Northwestern University
Emily Vargas – Wilson Sporting Goods
Jared Bajkowski – Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Melissa Pauna – Gap Inc – Banana Republic
Mick Roovers – Rabobank
Gregory Johnson – Governors State University
Angie Taylor – Primrose Schools
Frank DeCarlo – RPR Graphics, Inc
Carol Thomas-Knipes – LogicSource
Mary McMahon – DICK’S Sporting Goods
Alec Wadey – Tahzoo
Bonnie Ladwig – The Integer Group
Joshua Meyer – KieranTimberlake
Jaime McCurry – Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Kim Phillips – Bass Pro Shops
Monica Brady – Allied Vaughn
Maile Thiesen – UMass Amherst
Matthew Patulski – DAM Professional
Michelle Adams – Triad Retail Media
Emily Hale – AbbVie
Travis McElroy – Ivie
Spencer Harris – Men’s Wearhouse
Dustin Guest – Golf Channel
Scott Smith – Invisible Fist (contract)
Ayda Pourasad – NPR
Lara Hiller – DAM Professional
Jade Jourdan – Edwards Lifesciences
Eric Reber – Georgia State University
David Klee – Univision
Frank Milson – Chevron
Laurentia Romaniuk – Digital Asset Management Professional
Sunil Krishnan – Cognizant
Linda Rouse – DataBasics
Reshma Kumar – Hewlett-Packard
Shawna Cronan – Compassion International
Adam Ungstad – Independent Information Architect
Melissa Polidori – Digital Asset Management Professional
Amy Cooper – T3
Laurel Calsoni – Digital Archivist
Allison Pearce – Weber Shandwick
Collin Rickman – Special Counsel Information Governance
Kristy Smith – SBC Advertising
Don Middlebrook – Hyatt Hotels
Irina Guseva – DAM Counselor
Sid Anand – Accenture
Scott Pereira – EA Games
Faith Robinson – Digital Strategist
Sue Barrett – Arizona State University
Jill Fisher – Ithaca College
Shannon Davis – Alberta Tourism
Adam Hess – Arcadia University
Greg Crowson – RE/MAX
Marc Andreu Valls – Imagina US
Nick Pozek – Asia Society
David Nguyen – Amazon & Zulily
Mikkel Ketter – Pandora
Jackie Limpert – Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Brian Pobuda – AKQA
Emily Kolvitz – JCPenney
Sarah Saunders – Electric Lane
Laura Fu – Sears Holdings Corporation
Jennifer Terbosic – DePuy Synthes
Amanda Cortese – Ogilvy & Mather
Corey Chimko – Cornell University
Nigel Cliffe – The Marketing Lab Ltd
Kimberlee Bush – Evergreene Graphics
Romney Whitehead – Net-A-Porter Group
Klaus Sonnenleiter – PrintedArt
Bob Hendriks – In Transit Images
John Horodyski – Optimity Advisors
Karl Jackson – United States Marine Band
Roy Walter – Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Jessica Berlin – American Cancer Society
Peter Graham – Cambridge Judge Business School
Tracy Wolfe – Corbis
Lisa Fukshansky – Motorola/Google
John George – Holland America Line
Bonica Ayala – Boston Architectural College
Karen Dailey – Autoliv
Holly Boerner – AMEX
David Ginsberg – Warner Bros.
Julie Shean – Metropolitan Museum of Art
Frank Chagoya – Leo Burnett
Heidi Quicksilver – The Jewish Museum
Margie Foster – Freescale Semiconductor
David Fuda – Ethan Allen
Lisa Grimm – GlaxoSmithKline
Matt Shirley – Nordstrom
Wendy Walker – Dalet
Mars Roberge – Nomad

Digital Asset Management Books

Metadata for Content Management, by David Diamond
Metadata for Content Management, by David Diamond

Metadata for Content Management helps digital content managers design better content organization strategies, and envision and deploy creative ways in which metadata, taxonomy, policy and workflow can be used to make digital content systems more usable, functional and valuable to users.

Author (and DAM Guru Program creator) David Diamond (DAM Survival Guide) avoids theoretical and academic discussions, instead providing real-world guidance to those designing or redesigning content management systems or digital asset management systems.

Buy Metadata for Content Management: Designing taxonomy, metadata, policy and workflow to make digital content systems better for users now on Amazon.

DAM Survival Guide, by David Diamond
DAM Survival Guide, by David Diamond

There’s no more complete overview of Digital Asset Management available for those new to DAM, or just looking to refresh their knowledge. Written by DAM veteran and DAM Guru Program creator, David Diamond, DAM Survival Guide is an easy read that focuses on the most important things you need to know when planning a digital asset management initiative. If you have no idea where to start with DAM, this is where to start.

Buy DAM Survival Guide now on Amazon, or download a free 100+ page excerpt from Picturepark. For more info and ongoing DAM tips, visit the author’s blog and Twitter feeds.

The Librarian’s Skillbook, by Deb Hunt and David Grossman
The Librarian’s Skillbook, by Deb Hunt and David Grossman

When it comes to managing a digital asset management system, we all become librarians to a certain extent. And though its title speaks to one class of information professionals, what’s inside should be required reading for anyone looking to configure a DAM that’s easier to manage and makes more sense to users.

Buy The Librarian’s Skillbook on Amazon. Visit the book’s website to learn more about the authors and what’s inside.
Content Architectures, Project Management, and Creating Order out of Media Chaos
Content Architectures, Project Management, and Creating Order out of Media Chaos by Elizabeth Keathley with contributions by Henrik de Gyor and Ralph Windsor.

This book explains both the purpose of digital asset management systems and why an organization might need one. The text then walks readers step-by-step through the concerns involved in selecting, staffing, and maintaining a DAM. This book is dedicated to providing you with a solid base in the common concerns, both legal and technical, in launching a complex DAM capable of providing visual search results and workflow options.

The second edition of the preferred text for learning about Digital Asset Management contains 30% new and updated material, including a full new chapter on risk and change management. Incorporating quotes and material from leaders in the field, as well as sample charts, graphs, and even job descriptions that readers are encouraged to reuse and adapt for their own purposes, this book is a must have for anyone learning about Digital Asset Management.

Buy this title on Amazon.

The Accidental Taxonomist, by Heather Hedden

The Accidental Taxonomist, by Heather Hedden

The Accidental Taxonomist is a guide to the art and science of building information taxonomies. Author Heather Hedden walks readers through the process, presenting highly technical information in a straightforward, comprehensible style.

Buy The Accidental Taxonomist on Amazon.  For more information, follow the author’s Twitter feed or visit her website.

The DAM Book, by Peter Krogh

The DAM Book, by Peter Krogh

In The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers, Peter Krogh guides readers through the entire digital photography ecosystem, explaining how hardware, software, file formats and workflow practices work together to keep images safe, and to help photographers get the most from their pictures.

Buy The DAM Book now on Amazon.  For more information, visit the author’s Twitter and blog feeds.

Digital and Marketing Asset Management

Digital and Marketing Asset Management

Theresa Regli's book about DAM was published in August 2016 and covers many of the key topics enterprise DAM solution buyers are likely to be interested in. The title starts off with some key concepts and history about the origins of the DAM market, such as the different sectors where it developed in parallel (stock media, publishing and video).

Buy Digital and Marketing Asset Management now on Amazon.  For more information, visit the author’s Twitter and website.

DAM Websites and Blogs

Henrik de Gyor’s Another DAM Blog and Podcast
Henrik de Gyor’s Another DAM Blog and Podcast

Recently celebrating the site’s 100th podcast, Another DAM Blog and companion site, Another DAM Podcast, are long-time DAM industry favorites. Host Henrik de Gyor writes thoughtful, intelligent blog posts that are based on his years of experience working with DAM organizations. His popular podcasts are short, concise interviews with DAM users from many high-profile organizations. While it’s interesting to hear the DAM stories of others, de Gyor’s podcasts enable listeners to actually learn from the successes and challenges of other DAM users.

http://anotherdamblog.com

ControlledVocabulary.com
ControlledVocabulary.com is the Web’s Ground Zero for information related to tagging, organizing and finding images.

David Riecks founded ControlledVocabulary.com to help others learn how to build controlled vocabularies, thesauri and keyword hierarchies for describing images in databases. Riecks has been involved in many digital image standards initiatives, as well as being a featured speaker at PhotoPlus Expo, the Microsoft Pro Photo Summit, and the first and second International PhotoMetadata Conferences. ControlledVocabulary.com contains a wealth of valuable information, and it’s home to the Controlled Vocabulary User Forum, which includes more than 1,000 members.

David Riecks is featured in the Picturepark webinars, “The Tao of Taxonomy” and “The Copyright Killings.”

http://www.controlledvocabulary.com

Curated by several DAM Guru Program members, the DAM Directory is a nice resource for a wide variety of links to resources that will be of interest to those involved with digital asset management.

http://damdirectory.libguides.com/

DAM Glossary
DAM Glossary

DAM, BAM thank you MAM! If the terms related to Digital Asset Management have you confused, spend some time in the DAM Glossary. It’s a free resource offered by the editorial team at DigitalAssetManagementNews.com. It’s a great place to brush up on your vocabulary before that job interview!

https://damglossary.org/

DAM Vendors Directory

DAM Vendors Directory

The Digital Asset Management News organization has developed a directory of DAM vendors that’s sure to become a community favorite. All content is subject to the “no nonsense” filters for which DAM News is known, so this is one directory people can trust.

https://damvendors.com

Digital Asset Management News

Digital Asset Management News

Digital Asset Management News provides the DAM community with a wonderful resource of original content that’s sometimes based on industry news and sometimes intended for educational purposes. Posts are always interesting and unique, and site managers are known for their no-nonsense “take-down” style of humbling DAM vendors (and others) who boast too loudly. Having no alignment with any DAM vendors, publishers or other commercial interests, Digital Asset Management News provides a neutral perspective on the industry’s goings on that should not be missed. New and noteworthy on the site is a Resources page that offers links to many wonderful DAM-related locations on the Web, and offers a fairly complete DAM Glossary.

http://digitalassetmanagementnews.org

dpbestflow.org

dpbestflow.org

dpBestflow.org includes a series of online educational seminars, software and hardware solutions, workflow guides and book references that are designed to match a wide variety of working styles. Funded by a grant from the United States Library of Congress and developed and overseen by the American Society of Media Photographers, this website offers guidelines for refined production workflows, archiving methods, and best practices for digital photography that are applicable across virtually all aspects of digital asset management.

http://dpbestflow.org

If you enjoy listening to recorded podcasts that feature influential people in DAM and related professionals, you’ll enjoy Elegant Workflow. Though the majority of interviewees are with people in the Entertainment sector, there are several recordings with DAM professionals, and each interview has something interesting to offer everyone.

http://www.elegantworkflow.com

PhotoMetadata.org

PhotoMetadata.org

Useful for those needing to learn how to use photo centric programs, like Photoshop, Bridge, Photo Mechanic, Expression Media/Media Pro and other applications for adding embedded metadata to their images before importing into a DAM.

http://PhotoMetadata.org

Digital Asset Management Expos and Conferences

DAM Guru Program hosts our own digital asset management events calendar elsewhere on this site.

Insight Exchange Network

Insight Exchange Network

IEN’s mission is to research, design, and produce conferences that empower you with actionable insights and intelligence. Boosting your business results is our main priority.

Henry Stewart Events

Henry Stewart Digital Asset Management Expos

Henry Stewart DAM Expos are held in New York, San Diego, Chicago and London. They feature speakers on various DAM-related topics, and they include a DAM vendor expo area.

Tip: Check Twitter for admission discounts prior to purchasing your tickets.

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Digital Asset Management Webinars

  • Lisa Grimm, Director of DAM at Novartis
  • Ian Matzen MLIS, Digital Asset Manager, blogger
  • Henrik de Gyor, consultant, writer and owner of Another DAM Podcast
  • Ralph Windsor, Editor of DAM News

Moderator: Frank DeCarlo, CEO of RPR Graphics

“DAM Shootout: Cloud (SaaS) vs. Onsite” takes an unbiased look at the pros and cons of both deployment methods, as they relate to digital asset management software. Lincoln Howell (Belden) defends the Cloud, while Heath Norton (Northern Arizona University) tells why onsite was the best decision for him.

“Metadata Myths and Madness!” features John Horodyski speaking about metadata best practices, the value of metadata standards and more.

“DAM and the Tao of Taxonomy” features David Riecks speaking about the advantages of the proper use of taxonomy and controlled vocabularies in digital asset management software.

Even the best-planned digital asset management systems can become difficult to use over time. Policies lapse, users get lazy, and DAM managers come and go. No matter what the cause, a DAM that’s become cumbersome does no one any good and it must be tamed. This webinar feautures DAM managers from Harley-Davidson, who explain the troubles they’ve seen, and offer solutions that worked for them.

As more people share more content across social networks, the issue of who owns that content becomes increasingly important. Find out how the business practices of social networks mixed with pending (and current) global legislation could create the “perfect storm” of copyright-free chaos.

Are you single-handedly responsible for making the digital asset management initiative at your organization fly? Some DAM managers are lucky to have large DAM teams, while others have to do it all on their own. Do you have what it takes to become one of these DAM Superheroes?

What were you doing in 1990? Chances are, you weren’t involved with Digital Asset Management, because it hadn’t yet been invented. Jennifer Neumann is most often credited for changing that, and now she’s going to tell you all about it.