As mentioned in the previous entry, I attended Createasphere’s DAM 101 Workshop and certification. Here’s the link if you’re interested.
I think this workshop was more popular than Createasphere could have imagined. How many people would want to wake up early on a Sunday to talk about DAM? Plenty in New York. I’ll be honest the fact that this workshop took place on a Sunday not a work day was my main motivation for going. I’m happy I did, it did not disappoint. There were some parts of the workshop that I knew about but quite a bit I didn’t. I learned alot of acronyms , which there are many in the alphabet soup of DAM. I liked how this workshop stressed that DAM was a business strategy not technology solution. I think this is important and doesn’t get emphasized enough. The best technology can’t solve a problem if there isn’t a plan to follow though and make it work.
The best part of the workshop were the “labs” I think break out groups would have been a better description. One of the labs I chose to take was LAB 2: Photography DAM, which was very good. I learned so much from Carin Forman and gain some good practical advice.
Since this program went better than expected, I’m sure you’ll see more of them at future Createasphere events. I hope so because I do think this is a great basic overview of DAM. In fact maybe they will make an advanced version of this workshop for us alumni to take.
First off, great, big, hearty congratulations to Henrik de Gyor at Another Dam Podcast for successfully funding his Kickstarter campaign. I look forward to seeing the transcribed podcasts when they are done.
Second, I finished my online class on digital preservation. I took it through the Palmer School and it was taught by Gregory Hunter. One of the projects was that the class created a wiki of various resources on digital preservation. It’s a shame we couldn’t preserve it.* In addition to the class discussion and weekly readings, each of us had to write three papers. One of these papers had to be about a current issue or topic on digital preservation. We also had to write a paper comparing two digital repositories. And the final paper was on how each of us will implement our own digital preservation strategy for our own digital assets. It was very good and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested. That said, it did take up most of my spare time the last few months; but it was well worth it and I’m happy I took it. It’ll definitely help now that I plan on taking the DAS workshops.
In addition to the online class, I’ve continued taking the Caring for Yesterday’s Treasures – Today course series webinars. They really didn’t take up that much time, just a few hours here or there. The recordings for these webinars are still up on their website. I look forward to their new webinar courses coming in the fall. I plan on registering for those when they open and I recommend that others do the same.
Lastly, I’m attending NYAC (an archive conference on Long Island) next week. I’m attending my first SAA DAS workshop there. I’m very exited to start on the DAS path. I will be taking my second DAS workshop June 10th. So hopefully I’ll have quite a bit to write about in the following weeks.
Edit: I spoke with my professor during NYAC, I misunderstood the “loss” of the wiki. It’s saved and preserved on their servers, but the students of the class no longer have access to it.
Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. My new temp job and the online digital preservation class I’m taking up so much of my time. The class is almost over so hopefully I’ll have time to post more soon.
Henrik de Gyor from Another dam blog/podcast has started a Kickstarter campaign to transcribe his podcasts into searchable text. I think this is a really good idea. It’s a great resource and I think this would be a valuable tool to the DAM community. If you think so too, please consider backing him for this project.
This is an old article on DAM digital preservation from April. I ment to post it earlier, it has been sitting in my inbox for months. I think it bridges the DAM and archives field pretty well. It also goes well with Henrik de Gyor recent article on the life cycle of DAM assets.
On another related note, I registered for a digital preservation online class though my alma mater.
I saw this article from TechCrunch on Big Data and thought it would be a good read. I like how they point out that good data could help your business grow and be more effective. I never heard of data scientist but it’s a job title I could look more into. Wish they mentioned digital asset management.
Hope everyone is has a very happy holiday season.
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I just saw that Butch Lazorchak posted an entry on the Signal Blog today on his presentation and his time at Createasphere. It’s well worth the read, if your interested about either.
So I haven’t written here for quite some time, but there is a good reason why: I volunteered for Createsphere in September. At first I wasn’t sure if I should blog about this opportunity, but the person I assisted assured me blogging was fine.
I hit the pavement looking for an opportunity to volunteer there months ago. I’m a part of the DAM Foundation group on LinkedIn and I’ve made a few posts there; inquiring if there were any volunteer opportunities available. Mary Yurkovic contacted me though LinkedIn and she offered me this opportunity to attend Createasphere in exchange for assisting her during the conference. It was a wonderful chance and I jumped at it. Before the conference, I was a go-between for Mary Yurkovic and the New York Archivist Round Table. So, I was able to get the Round Table to be added as a media Partner on the Createasphere website.
On Wednesday, I talked with Mary and was invited to attend on one of the workshops. I was able to sit in on both the “Selecting DAM Technologies” and the “DAM I Know What It Is, But Where Do I Start?” seminars. Theresa Regli from the Real Story Group presented at the DAM Technologies panel and I was really happy to meet her. I read about her while learning about DAMs. I was also able to run a very important errand for the Createsphere staff.
On Wednesday night, there was a DAM Meetup a few blocks away. It was very exciting to meet so many DAM professionals. Mike Bittle was very nice: he handed out his business cards that could be turned in at the bar for drinks. I thought that was a clever way to ensure that people remembered him. I also met Henrik de Gyor. He was nice and easy to talk to; I can see why he’s a good interviewer. I was really excited about meeting him. I’ve been listening to his podcast and reading his blog for months now. I also bumped into a recruiter, which was a pleasant surprise.
I worked on Thursday and Friday, helping Mary and the staff where I could. I was the timer for the Pecha Kucha talks. That said, I still had plenty of time to network and attend some of the panels. I was able to join in for the table topics lunch and the to have lunch during the DAMMY awards. I will admit that many of the panels were a bit over my head and there wasn’t much I could contribute, having limited experience with DAMs. But I was like a sponge: I learned so much during the conference. I now know what I have to learn next. Which is what I needed to know. I met so many wonderful people who I hope I can continue to network with.
Also, I won the Another Dam Blog book contest! I’m a proud owner of “The Information and Knowledge Professional’s Career Handbook” by Jill Hurst-Wahl and Ulla de Stricker. I’m so happy I won it and I’ll put my other readings on hold to read it first.