Museums, DAM, and Portfolio Server -


Museums, DAM, and Portfolio Server

Museums have artifacts, important historical assets, and all the material that go along with those for exhibition (images, background information, etc.). How do they store, sort & search it all? Portfolio Server, integrated with their Collections Management System (CMS), has proven to be an effective way of managing this daunting task.

“Collection management systems are great at managing object information and metadata, but only go so far when it comes to managing the corresponding digital images,” says Edward Smith, our Product Marketing Manager. “The National Museum of Ireland and the Portland Art Museum are great examples of how DAM works with CMS to provide a comprehensive collection information solution.”

“Search results are only as accurate as the data being searched,” said Richard Weinacht, Digital Image Technician at the National Museum of Ireland. “Portfolio Server ensures efficient image retrieval by importing data from accurate sources including file metadata and collection management system exports.”

“Portfolio Server also enables us to embed and display rights metadata, which informs staff of appropriate usage for each image,” says Maggie Hansen, Collections Information Manager at the Portland Art Museum.

Each Museum’s DAM implementation will be highlighted at an upcoming event:

DAM in Heritage and Culture 2011

  • Free Seminar hosted by Extensis
  • Customer Highlighted: National Museum of Ireland
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  • 10a.m.- 6p.m.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew London

Museums and the Web Conference

  • Digital Asset Management Workshop, presented by Extensis and Portland Art Museum
  • Saturday April 9, 2011
  • 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Congress Room

And if you have not already checked it out, but are looking for DAM information, check out the DAM Learning Center for helpful tips and tools.

*Image courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland Collections.