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The DAM Metadata Disconnect

February 7th, 2011 · No Comments


After reading some marketing information from a DAM vendor, and working in the field for nearly 20 years, I just needed to vent about how some present their product.

Some DAM system vendors often tout their automated systems as replacements for what they claim is “costly manual tagging”. Yet, after implementing one of these expensive systems, their customers often turn to information professionals for metadata development help, because their end users are unable to find the assets they need in a timely manner. There is an obvious disconnect between full automation versus high-end manual service.

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Category: Developing A Digital Collection · New Tools

Stability of Formats

October 27th, 2009 · No Comments


  • Consider your needs.
  • Don’t be an early adopter.
  • Investigate.
  • Check the reputation.
  • Consider your options.

Adobe-Acrobat-16x16How To Choose A Stable File Format

Archivists have special needs when it comes to choosing a file format for storage. We have all heard of or endured the nightmares of file format obsolescence. There are no guarantees when it comes to file format longevity, but here are some tips to help you choose a file format that stands a chance of still being readable in a few years.

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Category: Digital Obsolescence