Tandem Vault Blog

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 services has become essential to the deployment and value of visual media. This is pushing us from a world of single to one of multi: multiple images, multiple access points, multiple devices, multiple sources of images, and multiple outbound connections. The software, services and methods you use to manage your collection need to support (at least some of) this capability. 

Connectivity between your collection and other entities is fast becoming standard practice. We expect to access our visual media on our phones or over the web. And we need to integrate the media in a collection with other applications like Slack, Dropbox, layout and design software, publication and product management systems, just to name a few.  

Our understanding of image content is becoming tied to outside services as well, from the social media graph, to Machine Learning tagging, to linked data–what we can know about an image goes beyond the old concept of metadata. 

Our media libraries are moving from silos to platforms, and connectivity is the key to maximizing the power of that platform. 

This post is adapted from The DAM Book 3.0 which lays out these principles in comprehensive form.