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DAM at The National Gallery of London

Friday December 12th, 2008 by Cindy Valladares

National Gallery LondonOn Wednesday I had the great pleasure of hosting a webcast featuring Colin White, Head of Photography at The National Gallery of London.  We got a tremendous response from people who wanted to learn more about the digital asset management efforts at the Gallery, as well as about DAM best practices.

If you couldn’t join us, I encourage you to watch the on-demand recorded version. Colin started out sharing some of the Gallery’s objectives:  preserve, study and enhance their collection of Western European paintings from 1250 to 1900 (over 2,300 paintings in the collection).  Another objective was to display the collection to the widest possible public.

They needed a solution that would allow them to organize and distribute their digital content within the Gallery and externally.  The content would be used for Web sites, presentations, press/marketing materials, staff information, commercial purposes, social networking sites and podcasts.

The National Gallery chose Portfolio because they needed a digital asset management solution that would fit into their existing infrastructure (cross-platform organization with Linux, Mac and Windows servers and SQL database), was intuitive for end users, straightforward to install and administer, affordable and could get them up and running in days.

Content currently organized in Portfolio include: a photographic image library, a slide library and a document library.  The content is distributed via their intranet, accessible to staff members via a web browser.

National Gallery London Image Library

Lessons learned. In review, Colin shares with us that Portfolio allowed their departments to become more interconnected, and provided the following additional benefits:

  • Improved access to images and documents
  • Improved image quality
  • Improved dialogue between users
  • Wider range of content accessed
  • Improved cataloging
  • Replaced expensive support fee

Other assets that you might find useful in your DAM journey: