Webinar Panel: DAMs and Archival Issues for Large and Small Collections: options, considerations, resources

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Thu, 2016-04-14 15:53 -- dpaul

Update: You can watch a recording of the webinar here: http://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/p8dpn6d3oyr/

Each of our panel members plan to tell us a bit about DAMs and the above topics from their particular point of view - and focus on and discuss the issues and needs of the Natural History Collections community via your questions. Following the panel, there will be time for questions, answers, and next steps.

For Natural History Collections, keeping track of physical specimens, documents, media, and related materials is no small task. Capturing as much of the data from these objects as possible, to provide digital access is another challenge. Then, collections (and libraries, and offices, and ...) need to figure out how to archive these digital resources. What are best practices? Given that financial constraints often exist and the humans involved must spend time learning how to use a Digital Asset Management (DAM) tool, what options are available? Are different options better for different collections? Are some easier to use than others? How customizable are they? What questions should an organization ask before adopting any DAM tool? What are the pitfalls? What are the known best practices? What are the policy issues to think about? What are the small and mid-sized solutions that have been implemented? Where can Natural History Collections find help with making these decisions and setting up the selected solutions?


  • Brian Beck, NOAA, Coral Reef Conservation Program, National Centers for Environmental Information [Slides]
  • Mike Friscia, Manager, Digital Library Programming, Yale University Library [Slides]
  • Euan Cochrane, Digital Preservation Manager, Yale University Library [Slides]

Moderators: Kim Watson, Herbarium Digital Asset Manager, The New York Botanical Garden and Alex Thompson, Software Products Lead, iDigBio

Chris Hoffman, Manager of Informatics Services, IST-Research Information Technologies, UC Berkeley (sadly, can't join us for this), but just talked about this topic at the recent iDigBio Vertebrate Digitization Workshop #2: Digital Asset Management Systems and Workflows

Would you like an introduction to Natural History Collections Digital Asset Management Issues before the panel webinar? Here's the iDigBio Webinar: DAMmed if you Do or Don't : Archiving, what is it anyway? and just what is a DAM?, by Larry Gall, Yale Peabody Museum, recorded 17 November 2015. 4 - 5 PM EST.

See you there! Bring your questions, issues, concerns. The panelists are looking forward to your input and insights.

Deb Paul, on behalf of the Data Management Interest Group at iDigBio

PS This is the second webinar on this topic, put together to meet the requests of participants in the Data Management break-out group at iDigBio SUMMIT V.

Start Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm EDT
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