Dear Dr. DAM: University PAM - Photography Asset Management

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DEAR DR. DAM:  I’m Pam, the photography manager for a university and I’m in the early stages of understanding digital asset management systems and what’s out there.  My number one pain is not having an effective archiving and retrieval system in place.  All of our photographs are stored on hard drives with back up on CDs/DVDs and some offsite tape.  We have over a terabyte of data and have limited tagging of our photographs.  The university marketing and news departments need access to our photos on a regular basis.  Can you help me choose a photo asset management software solution?  We need something that allows us to collaborate effectively and is secure and scalable.

DEAR PHOTO ASSET MANAGEMENT PAM:  I like the initiative you’re taking to investigate better ways of managing the photographs for your university.  May I suggest something that is both a photography workflow management application and digital asset management software?  Widen’s Backdrop – photography routing and approval application – will help your different departments collaborate on photos before they are to be used.  Backdrop integrates with Adobe Lightroom and Widen’s web based DAM, which of course is secure and scalable.


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