Finding the Right DAM AI Tools: AVP’s Human-Centered Evaluation Framework

23 March 2022

Henry Stewart DAM Webinars 2022

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People-Centered Media Asset Management at National Geographic Society [Webinar Recording]

28 June 2021

Understanding how content creators and Media Asset Management (MAM) users think, behave, and view the world can help create critical building blocks that translate into a powerful MAM user experience. To chart your course toward managerial success, it’s equally important to identify the goals of the MAM as well.

Our Media Asset Management consulting work with the National Geographic Society (NatGeo or NGS) illustrates how understanding the difference between the thinking, behavior, and worldview of content creators and MAM users translates to asset management of the grandest proportions.

Illuminating the World with MAM

The NGS’s primary mission is to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. For decades their primary method for doing so was with their world-famous magazine, sharing images and written stories about the miraculous cultures, species, and wonders of our natural world. 

Today, ever in tune with the modern digital age, the NGS now shares those images and stories through its website, social media platforms, and television programs. 

However, this variety in publication means they need an ironclad method for managing all of their media content and assets—especially when the NGS supports between 700-800 explorers every year. And thanks to AVP’s asset management expertise and experience, the NGS MAM system can grow to support as many explorers as they need.

The NGS’s Media Asset Management system works as the bridge between those field explorers documenting what the world has to offer and the eyes and hearts of the people. With terabytes upon terabytes of assets to manage, a MAM helps NGS’s content creators sift through their database to find the materials they need to tell their stories.

Selection and Description of Assets

After exploring potential solutions to the NGS’s problems, AVP helped the NGS identify two primary concerns with their Media Asset Management system: Selection and description. These pain points were based on the experience of the content creators who use the system the most, helping us identify the correct Media Asset Management tools we needed to employ.

Selection, in this case, refers to the ability to curate digital media assets before they even make it into the MAM system. Since the NGS manages assets from hundreds of sources every year, this curation process is imperative for its ability to ensure that the assets in the MAM align with the scope of what the MAM is intended to support. This results in more effective management and ultimately a better user experience. 

Description largely refers to the creation and application of metadata— information that helps users search and discover relevant assets with efficiency and quality.

These two concepts, among others, were identified and addressed through multiple AVP service offerings, helping the NGS successfully launch their MAM and meet the needs of their stakeholders that are creating, managing, and using digital media assets.

Learn from the Experts

At AVP, we practice user-centered approaches to cultivate successful MAM programs. By focusing on the user experience, AVP better ensures that whether or not we help you select your MAM, that the MAM you have serves your needs, goals, and objectives as effectively as possible.

Want the full picture of the National Geographic Society’s MAM program? In this webinar, AVP Managing Director of Consulting and MAM expert Kara Van Malssen is joined by our clients Angela Sanders and Jorge Alvarenga of National Geographic Society to share how people-centered thinking is innovating how NGS is building and managing their MAM program. 

Enjoy the webinar (with searchable transcripts) in the embedded player below or hosted in the Aviary platform.

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Free Digital Preservation Webinar With AVP

8 December 2021

Free Digital Preservation workshop with AVP:

“Digital Preservation Maturity Assessment with AVP’s Digital Preservation Go!”

December 7, 2021 at 1 PM ET

Join AVP for a free webinar that will introduce you to our newest and lowest-cost digital preservation assessment service. During the webinar, Senior Consultant Amy Rudersdorf will present on the benefits of maturity assessments and how performing them can move your digital preservation program to the next level.  Sign up here and learn more about DPGo! below.

RIPDASA’S Free Digital Preservation Webinars Nominated for Award

13 October 2020

For the first time ever, the Digital Preservation Committee (DPC) Awards have nominated a Spanish-language program for recognition of making significant and innovative contributions to maintaining digital legacy. The “Spanish Language Webinars Program in Digital Preservation of Sound and Audiovisual Archives“ was created by RIPDASA to provide practical information about the management and care of digital archives to minimize the risk of loss of sound and audiovisual collections in the region. The program has been nominated for a DPC award within the category of The Dutch Digital Heritage Network Award for Teaching and Communications. RIPDASA is the spanish acronym for the Ibero-American Network for Digital Preservation of Sound and Audiovisual Archives.

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Why do Music Libraries ❤️ Aviary?

21 February 2020

Aviary is a game changer for accessible, connected, and protected audio and visual content. We’ve heard the following seven features add up to make it a must for music libraries. Please join AVP for a webinar just for music libraries on Wednesday, August 12th at 1 PM ET.  Sign up here.

Upcoming Free Aviary Webinars

24 October 2019

We are continuing to grow our Aviary community with new adopting organizations and platform capabilities. Learn about specific ways Aviary works for different systems, metadata, and organizations in these upcoming free webinars. 

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AVP Webinar Series in Spanish

3 April 2019

These are recordings of the AVP webinar series in Spanish given on the topic of Digital Preservation. Read more here.

Webinar – 4th Session: Technology Selection for Digital Preservation

8 February 2019

Registrations are open for the fourth session of the AVP Webinar Series focused on Digital Preservation. In this opportunity, Miquel Térmens, Dean of the School of Libraries and Documentation of Universidad de Barcelona and author of “Preservación Digital” (Barcelona, Editorial UOC, 2014), joins our consultant Pamela Vízner to talk about different approaches and methodologies for the selection of digital preservation systems based on their experience. This webinar will be 60 minutes long, followed by Q&A.

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AVP Webinars 2018 – 3rd Session: AVCC

17 July 2018

Registrations are open for the third session of the AVP Webinar Series focused on Digital Preservation. In this opportunity, our consultant Pamela Vízner will present the functionalities of our app AVCC, a specialized software for collaborative cataloging of audiovisual collections. This webinar will be 45 minutes long, followed by Q&A.

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AVP Webinars 2018 in Spanish – Session 2: The OAIS Model

9 May 2018

Registrations are open for the second session of the AVP Webinar Series focused on digital preservation. In this opportunity, Perla Olivia Rodríguez Reséndiz, researcher from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) will join our conversation presenting on the OAIS (Open Archival Information System) model and its application to sound archives. This webinar will be 45 minutes long, followed by a Q&A.

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