When you’re staring at five thousand works-in-progress, to-be-dones, and final photography assets, it may seem like an impossible task to provide any sort of structure to how they’re organized. You could spend all day tagging: both batch-tagging in bulk and individually tagging, without even making a dent in your collection.
We understand your frustration; maybe it’s time to realize that no single person can do it all. But there are certainly ways to organize your images that don’t leave you with the urge to throw your computer at the wall. Check out these five tips to better manage your digital image collections:
A governance team of dedicated ‘metadata taggers’ can be a gamechanger to help you tag digital images, audit and manage file requests, and even archive or decommission digital media in your library.
This is a great way to manage the responsibilities of DAM if your company doesn’t have a budget for a DAM-only staff. Those on the governance council can be assigned specific responsibilities and also dedicate a percentage of their time to working on DAM-specific projects.
Some typical examples of how companies could allocate percentages of time for DAM:
Don’t have an intern? Well, if you want get the best DAM tagger around, you could bring in a student enrolled on a library sciences degree program for some specialist help with digital asset management tagging. In exchange for work, you could organize a program with their college to give course credits. Post your intern job description on sites like Simmons School of Library and Information Science Job Line, your local library school job board in your city, or even popular job sites like LinkedIn, Indeed and Glassdoor.
Why tag all those assets by yourself? Not only is it near impossible, but it’s in your best interest to share the responsibility of this task with those who ‘touch’ the asset during its lifecycle. Creating metadata can take place at the planning phases of content, and also during the creation of content itself. By making sure that metadata is applied throughout the content creation process, it already has important metadata associated with it by the time the asset arrives in your DAM library, saving you a lot of unnecessary manual work.
Besides bringing in extra help, there are a number of creative ways to encourage others to be consistent with the application of metadata (besides integrations which we’ll discuss in the next point.)
No matter what your method of distributing metadata application to team members is, don’t forget to train them on best practices for metadata application! Also, don’t forget to build in audits for making sure that metadata is complete, consistent, and accurate.
And who says you have to do all this work manually? Besides tagging, there are a number of very time-consuming DAM tasks you may be faced with that can be handled with integrations.
Automating processes and metadata application can save time, reduce manual work, and help you manage your image collection. Standardizing file-names is also a great way to boost the findability of your files. Aside from that, consider these tasks too:
There’s a very low barrier to entry if you want to get up and running with a DAM now. We launched a product called Bynder Orbit, so you can simply enter an email and start managing your digital image collection instantly. With Orbit, you can:
If you’re looking for more DAM tips and tricks, then check out our do-it-yourself DAM hub, which is packed full of DAM how-tos and best practices.