Call it a rant, I call it a blog “posting”. However, I have become acutely aware that there exists a major hurdle to digital project success (specifically digital asset management) that we who work in institutions need to be aware of.
I recently had a colleague return from an Archives Conference abroad that focused on Digital Asset Management and to put it lightly her mind was blown. She’s not an archivist, she’s not a digital asset manager, but she is an administrative assistant in a cultural institution. Her reactions to what she learned further confirmed some of my own feelings I had after recently speaking at both a Digital Asset Management conference and an Archives conference. Which is that, technology has changed the professional landscape more than most people are aware. It is no longer acceptable to operate in a silo in terms of awareness of the professional landscape in understanding how other professions cross over into your own. You might be saying “that’s great, but what do you mean by this?”.
One of the best examples is that Digital Asset Management, which is a product of the “corporate” world, now exists within archives and museums. However, the people involved in those projects at those institutions are unaware of the existence of the profession of digital asset managers or the world of digital asset management. From the start they are cut off from both those networks and the resources available to those working in the field of DAM. So, they are forced to reinvent the wheel when it comes to DAM within their institution and tend to only source other “like” institutions for help cause that’s all they know.
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