MetadataMetadata is the magic that makes your site searchable and your assets accessible. This course will walk you through gathering information and building a metadata type that works for your organization.
Ask your users (or observe them)
Learn about their search habits: Do they search for filename? Do they expect the content of images to be searchable? Do they prefer to browse?
Document the information your users expect to find about assets (e.g., licensing information, description, etc.).
Metadata makes searching quick and easy and provides information for anyone viewing or using the asset. Metadata also keeps information about an item with an item.
Categories are a way to taxonomize, that is, classify assets into an ordered system. Taxonomy is different than metadata, but still important, especially for those users unfamiliar with how your system is organized. Used together, metadata and categories help your users access all the assets in your site.
Having solid ways to organize and classify my assets is crucial to a successful DAM.
Metadata standards (called metadata types in Collective) help organize all the information about a group of assets. Learn how to structure metadata fields, controlled vocabulary, dependent metadata fields, categories, and more.
Review your company website, shared drives, and other common storage spaces to guide your metadata category structures.