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DAM Hierarchy of Needs

In 1943, Abraham Maslow published a hierarchy of human needs, starting with basic survival and moving all the way up to self-actualization. This is a pretty useful metaphor for the way you can approach collection management. In building your DAM ecosystem, I propose an alternate hierarchy of needs – one that starts with the security

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Cloud Libraries

Library As Platform

In the next two weeks, our blog posts will focus on the nature and structure of media libraries. This broader context will help inform the choice of the right tool for any particular task.  Integration and connectivity are becoming central opportunities and challenges of the modern media ecosystem. The integration of mobile devices and connected

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Foundations

Semantic Image Understanding

In 1984, Apple unveiled the Macintosh computer, which unleashed a desktop-publishing (DTP) and word-processing revolution. Tools that had previously been used only by a small number of trained professionals were suddenly in the hands of nearly everyone, and soon became essential to many jobs, and to the general functioning in society. Mobile phones are doing

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Foundations

Programmatic Tagging

In today’s post, I outline some of the types of tagging that can be done automatically.  Let’s face it: (almost) no one wants to spend lots of time tagging images, and part of the appeal of photographic communication is to avoid tapping out written descriptions of stuff. As image collections’ growth rates accelerate, Artificial Intelligence

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Foundations

Computational Photography

This week, we’re going to take a look at some of the frontiers of DAM functionality in the mobile/machine-learning era. We’ll start with this post about computational imaging, and then move into computational tagging and then a discussion of evolving visual semantics.  Photography has always had the ability to help us see the unseeable. Early

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Foundations

Data-Rich Objects

An image is not just a rectangle of colored dots, and as important as the visual content of imagery might be, there is another component becoming even more transformative: the data that lives inside an image file or is associated with an image provides a treasure trove of meaning and context. It is impossible to

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Foundations

A language spoken with objects

One characteristic of the new language of imagery is that it is spoken by means of objects. The image—whether still or moving—is a digital object and must be transmitted for the “speech” to take place. This creates some important corollaries: Accessible storage You must have access to the image in order to use it. You

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Foundations

Pics or it didn’t happen

Cameraphones are everywhere, and because of this, we have come to expect nearly every event to be filmed or photographed. We have become accustomed to seeing imagery of anything notable that happens. This has created an expectation that all notable events will be visually documented. When no imagery exists, we doubt the existence of an

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Foundations

Mobile > Digital

When the digital revolution hit the practice of image-making in the early 2000s, it seemed to media professionals like the world had been turned upside down. Cameras looked the same from the front, but everything about shooting, processing and delivering photos and videos changed. The mobile revolution has made the digital revolution look like a

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Foundations

Images as Language

We are in a new era of visual communication. The smartphone has enabled visual communication at every level – personal, professional, and institutional. This has had a profound impact on every aspect of still and moving images – from cameras and software, to the legal landscape, use cases, and business models. By understanding imagery as

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