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Enterprise Digital Asset Management (DAM): Next Generation Image Libraries

How DAM Systems Go Beyond Image Libraries

Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems encompass what some institutions and industries still refer to as an image library. An image library is really just a set of searchable image catalogs, chiefly with archiving functionality. Yet Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems, such as Cumulus from Canto, go way beyond simple catalog functions by adding powerful features such as robust metadata and search, user roles and permissions, secure file sharing, outside portals, anytime-anywhere mobile access and advanced reporting.

What’s an Image Library?

An image library is any sufficiently large collection of images subject to basic indexing and search operations. This ordinarily requires the presence of metadata attached to the images. An image library is really a collection of digital assets, whose class also includes other forms of rich media, such as presentations, sales collateral, sound files, video files and so forth.

Special DAM Features

Keyword Search and Filtering
Filter search results by file type, keywords, categories, and countless metadata fields you determine.

Approval Process Control
Manage your digital assets easier with workflow approvals, access permissions, and expiration dates.

Secure File Sharing
Rest easy knowing you can share images and photos securely using secure web portals and download links.

Outside Portals
Make your digital assets available to outside parties through customized access portals for branded viewing of important assets.

Anytime, Anywhere Access
Access your digital assets through desktops, tablets or mobile, so you can view assets in-office, out-of-office or on-the-go.

Usage Reporting & Analytics
Run reports based on file downloads, sharing history, user activity and image usage.

What is Metadata?

DAM adds metadata tagging and search capabilities to traditional file management schemas. Metadata is information about a file – this can be digital rights management information, standard metadata schemas used for digital image tagging, geospatial information, approval stage levels and/or any custom information your organization can imagine.

The Power of Enterprise Search

A chief feature of enterprise digital asset management is the ability to search a collection of images via their attached metadata and restrict them, and/or subsets of their associated metadata, based on rules you define through the system administrator. Whether searching by subject, digital rights information, geospatial data or customized workflow fields, DAM offers search capabilities that will help deliver the images from your library that your personnel need, when they need them.