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Another DAM Podcast celebrates over 4 years of audio content and interviews on Digital Asset Management

Another DAM Podcast is now 4 years old and is still the longest running podcast about Digital Asset Management in the world.

With 144 podcasts episodes so far, there is plenty more coming.

As of this date, there are 99 interviews available with Digital Asset Management professionals and counting. These are interviews with real people working in the real world on Digital Asset Management. Many of them are hands on. Want to learn how they reached their successes and overcame their challenges with DAM? Listen and learn. It’s there.  

If you like what you heard (or read the transcripts) so far, wait until you see what comes up next.

You can now listen and subscribe on Another DAM PodcastAudioboom and iTunes.

Enjoy the next coming years of Another DAM podcast.


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Digital Asset Management Book Giveaway

There is a benefit to reading the transcripts found with Another DAM podcast about Digital Asset Management.

We are giving away one free copy of Tobias Blanke‘s latest book titled:

Digital Asset Ecosystems: Rethinking crowds and clouds

To enter this book giveway, email the podcast host with a one paragraph summary on what this book is about (from the podcast transcript) by no later than August 24, 2014.

A random drawing of the email submissions after this date will award one lucky winner this book. The book will be shipped directly by the author. You could even ask for the book to be autographed and personalized by the author himself, Tobias Blanke.

Be sure to enjoy Another DAM podcast series every week this summer and all of those DAM books.

Good Luck


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Fifth Anniversary of NYC DAM Meetup

On July 20, 2009, Chad Beer started the NYC DAM Meetup with Michael Hollitscher.

When they started this Digital Asset Management specific meetup, I still remember how exciting the idea of having regular events about DAM was. And still is.

We would not have to wait an entire year for the few annual conferences to roll in for a couple days to network with the best in the field. It has become very clear that New York City is the DAM Capital of the world. No other area in the world has more DAM professionals and no other city has more people showing up to DAM specific events than New York City.

In January 2013, the author joined as a Co-Organizer to setup monthly Meetups for the Digital Asset Management community.

We doubled our membership from 300 members back in February 2013 to 600 members in January 2014.

To this day, we are still the world’s largest DAM meetup as seen here: http://digital-asset-management.meetup.com/

How did we do it?

  • Steady topics of interest to the DAM community
  • Great content consisting of panel discussions and speakers
  • Connecting with many like minded professionals willing to speak and share their experiences.
  • Scheduling events after work on weekdays
  • Using a model inclusion, not exclusion. We have rivals sitting next to each other and we are all okay with that. Interested students and job seekers are welcomed just like seasoned professionals.
  • Looking at multiple perspectives across many sectors, not just one.
  • Looking at the real world successes and challenges from the field of DAM. No unicorns and rainbows here.
  • Having a lots of networking opportunities in person.
  • Purposefully maintaining zero budget.
  • Having great organizations to host our events.
  • Maintaining free membership and free attendance to any NYC DAM Meetup. Just RSVP and show up.
  • In May 2013, we got sponsorships to video recording all of our speaking sessions going forward so these could be posted on a YouTube channel for the global DAM community to watch afterward.
  • Oh, I almost forgot… commitment, dedication and hard work. All of the NYC DAM Meetup Organizers do this on their limited spare time as volunteers to benefit their professional community.

You are not alone in the DAM world. It is just a matter of connecting with other professionals.

We will have a NYC DAM meetup scheduled to celebrate our first 5 years this month.

If you are interested in Digital Asset Management, you are always welcome to RSVP and join us in person.


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DAMglossary.org needs your help

You may have read my call for a DAM Glossary from February 2013. Recently, Ralph Windsor started http://damglossary.org using a previously existing DAM Glossary. This publicly available website has no sponsors, is freely available, is as vendor neutral as we can hope for and allows users to append to this DAM Glossary (after registering). But the DAM Glossary is not yet complete. There are plenty of words, terms and definitions still missing. In order for the DAM community to benefit from this DAM glossary, we need to append these to the DAM Glossary.

Append those missing words, terms and definitions

Now the DAM community needs your help to append this DAM glossary with all the missing DAM words and their respective definitions. Look at it and see which words/terms are missing. Earlier, I found a few terms missing off the top of my head, such as:

  • Rendition (not the CIA’s version)
  • SAAS
  • Transformation (not related to that movie with similar title)

You may find other missing words/terms and other respective definitions in a vendor neutral sense. All you need to do is register on http://damglossary.org/register and apply the missing acronyms, definitions and words

Why should we append the DAM Glossary?

Several vendors (you know who you are) use special words regularly in their marketing, instruction, consulting and user interface. When you ask for a glossary of terms with definitions, it rarely includes all those super special words they use. If you were to ask three people who work for the same vendor for the definition of a particular word, you may get more than three different definitions. Some vendors themselves have not yet defined these special words in writing internally, but use them externally. Not only is this unacceptable, but this confusion propagates fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) in the DAM community and market itself.

Enough. If we are going to listen to or use special DAM words/terms/acronyms to explain functionality and tools in the DAM space, these better be defined either in the common dictionary or in damglossary.org. If it isn’t, point it out and ask for a written definition to be shared. Then have it shared with everyone on damglossary.org. That way we will not have to guess nor ask constantly what does that [frustrated] word mean and why does everyone we ask have a [completely] different definition for it.

Start appending the DAM Glossary for the sake of clarity, consistency, transparency and knowledge sharing throughout the global DAM Community.