August 17, 2016

Museum Digital Asset Management …and CMS

Over the past several years, we have helped a number of museums and cultural heritage organizations with an interesting problem: integration of Collections data with a Digital Asset Management system. As a result, many of the insights gathered through these collaborations are helping to shape the NetX platform around this type of data exchange.

Digital librarians, museum technologists and curators depend upon pristine object data for every artifact. Collections management systems evolved to manage this data, but often handled digital assets as an afterthought. Now that robust DAM systems can be fused with collections data, museums can rethink the best ways to manage and share collections online. However,  the decision to integrate a digital asset management system with a collections database is a shift in thinking, that requires consensus-building across departments.

As digital asset management systems have evolved, the capabilities have seemingly encroached upon the domain of Collections systems. Some analysts have speculated whether the DAM might someday supplant the Collections Management System. Yet, museums about to embark on a massive technology refactoring can’t wait for the future to catch up with functionality. They need to build a sustainable solution today, with room to scale tomorrow. This is why a hybrid approach works right now, using DAM to connect valuable collections system data with a museum-wide digital library.

Merging the old with the new provides an opportunity to evaluate what’s truly better. Our clients have found that a DAM’s robust media and data management features can be combined with a collection system’s relational database to deliver enhanced user experiences for a broad audience.  Specific departments typically see an increase in efficiencies when this happens. For example, connecting a DAM’s permissions and workflow capabilities with a collection’s legal and administrative records, can streamline copyright management and protection. And combining transcoding and HTML5 features from DAM, museums can simplify production and publishing processes for a variety of teams.

In art, the idea of “Gestalt” describes a whole experience that exceeds the sum of the parts. Digital asset and collections management systems combined can be key ingredients for making this magic happen. Although our projects are firmly rooted in technology, we are inspired by the creative ways our museum clients utilize DAM and CMS. These organizations are deeply committed to making artistic treasures more accessible today and preserving a legacy for future audiences to enjoy. Read our case study on how MoMA NY combined their digital asset and collections management systems.

Here are some areas of focus with our museum clients here at NetX:

  • Integration with museum collections management systems such as TMS (The Museum System), TMS Embark, and we’re working with other platforms such as KE Software’s Electronic Museum management system, EMu, and Mimsy.
  • development of robust taxonomies, inclusive of collections data *and* other data sets… to power comprehensive search/browse/collect/share functions.
  • Automation of repetitive media processing and management workflows
  • Migration of  assets and data from any 3rd party systems, (including existing DAM systems)

If you have interest in these areas, please let us know,.

**Note: If you found this because you were thinking of web CMS (not “Collections” CMS), please see our Drupal DAM Module post or the module itself on

May 11, 2015

Drupal and Digital Asset Management

NetX and FFW Release a DAM + Drupal Integration

NetX, a leading Enterprise Digital Asset Management company, has teamed up with FFW, the world’s largest Drupal agency, to complete a seamless integration of the NetX digital asset management system with the Drupal CMS.

Working together, the teams have created an experience that allows users in Drupal to search, browse, and place photos, videos, and audio files from the NetX system into posts within Drupal. The combined strength of Drupal and NetX will help organizations with high volumes of digital assets to integrate their collections across the DAM and CMS.
In addition to placing assets into content, users can also upload assets, as well as tag metadata in Drupal, and have the assets immediately imported into the NetX platform. Users can browse through their folder trees, or search assets using metadata, within Drupal.

“This integration continues our goal of having the NetX solution be the system of record for all brand assets,” said Jason Wehling, president and CTO of NetXposure.

The brand new NetX Drupal module is the key to the integration between the two systems. The contributed module integrates with Drupal’s existing Media module, making it easy for NetX users to manage their digital assets in Drupal.

FFW and NetX will continue to collaborate on the maintenance of this module, as well as the delivery of integrated NetX and Drupal platforms for enterprise clients.

For more information, please contact:

Dan Savickas
Senior Account Manager, NetX

Ricardo Osuna
Marketing Director, FFW West Coast

About NetX

NetX is an expert solution provider in Digital Asset Management, serving many of the world’s largest brands. NetX offers cloud-based DAM solutions, as well as installed licenses for in-house hosting. A web application from it’s inception, NetX has been singularly focused on solutions to manage large libraries of digital files.

About FFW

FFW is a digital agency built on technology, driven by data, and focused on user experience.

April 1, 2015

Audacious Bike Path debuts in Downtown Portland

In an effort to overtake “Top Bicycling City” honors from laughable title holder Minneapolis, the City of Portland has made an aggressive move. The long-rumored concepts around “Interior Bike Paths” were confirmed this morning at a downtown office building.

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August 23, 2014

NetX Mobile App – iOS and Android

We’re happy to provide a preview of our upcoming mobile app, which is geared towards a common use case: Presentations and Offline Syncing.

The NetX Platform is used by many large organizations as the single “system of Record” for all assets and data – why not let Presenters sync assets directly from the source?! One primary piece that we are addressing with this new app is Offline Presentations: NetX users can synchronize (aka download) any assets directly to their iOS and Android devices. This allows for fantastic Offline presentation capabilities, of image, videos, PDFs, PowerPoint files etc. The user experience is designed for presentation of all asset types and has some specifically cool UI elements for Multi-page documents/decks, where the primary page is shown above a “filmstrip” of all pages in the file.

We’ve gotten great feedback on this app to data, and look forward to formally announcing the launch in the very near future.

If you’d like to hear more and see a demo, please contact us!

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