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by Nick Sincaglia

Nick Sincaglia is President/Founder of NueMeta LLC, a consulting firm focused on digital asset and metadata management strategies. Nick's company provides software development and system design consulting services for the leading digital media & entertainment companies. Nick has been active in several industry technical standards bodies as a Board Member and Working Group Chairman for the Digital Data Exchange (DDEX), NARM's Digital Think Tank, and member of Metadata Working Groups sponsored by the European Broadcast Union and Audio Engineering...

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What Effective Digital Asset Management Can Do For Your Organization

By Nick Sincaglia | April 01, 2013

 

A major challenge for the DAM industry is effectively conveying the overall impact that digital asset management systems can have on an organization. Digital asset management is relatively new compared to the other functional components of a company. Many companies have little... Read More

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Data Exchange and Data Management: Designed as One

Data Exchange and Data Management: Designed as One

By Nick Sincaglia | February 13, 2013

In previous posts of mine, I expressed my preference for in using existing metadata standards over designing data structures from scratch (see Finding Inspiration (and Solutions) From Metadata Standards and Commercial Exploitation of Digital Assets). In... Read More

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The Concept of Trust in Your Workflow

The Concept of Trust in Your Workflow

By Nick Sincaglia | August 20, 2012

I was talking with a client recently about some of the challenges they were experiencing with a new workflow they had implemented. It was a bit of a departure from their existing workflows, in that it relied much more heavily on some external data providers. Up until this point, their existing workflows were primarily driven by data that was originating from internally created data, for which they had defined strict guidelines and relied heavily on throughout their workflow systems. This client had expanded their operations into a new area of business which required them to rely on their outside data supplier partners to a much greater extent for the quality and consistency of the data which entered their systems. Needless to say, these new data streams were experiencing much higher failure rates, and as a result, were stressing their workflow systems in ways they had not experienced before. These failures were causing a "log jam" of media files which would quickly fill up the workflow storage reserves and clog parts of their IT network due to the re-routing and reprocessing of these files. A cascade of completely new workflow challenges had caught the organization off guard and was causing a significant amount of stress on their operations. Read More

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Required Skill Set For A DAM Department Lead

By Nick Sincaglia | July 23, 2012

Having spent over 15 years in the field of digital asset management, both as a consultant and as a staff member of some of the leading media & entertainment companies, I am frequently asked to help define the skill set required to lead an ongoing digital asset management initiative and sometimes, I am even asked to assist in helping find the people to fill this role. What skills should the leader of a digital asset management team possess in order to operate and maintain these types of systems and enable the organization to maximize its full potential? It is an important question to ask and even more important for the organization to get right. I think the question is a challenging one to answer due to the fast pace at which the digital media and technology industries are evolving. I am seeing the skill requirements have grown over the years as the focus on the digital business has increased and departments and budgets have expanded. I will express my opinions in answering this question based on my own experiences but I know not everyone's DAM experiences are the same. I welcome your feedback and would be interested in hearing what you most value when selecting a leader for your digital asset management teams. Read More

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Adapting To A Web Of A Billion Services

By Nick Sincaglia | June 04, 2012

I recently read an interesting article by Ben Elowitz, co-founder and CEO of Wetpaint, a next-generation media platform company, entitled "Content Is No Longer King". Mr. Elowitz makes a number of good points in the piece. One of his main points is that the Internet has "fundamentally separated content from distribution". He states, "Until the Internet came along. In every single one of the varied businesses that the Internet has touched - from commerce to media to communications to payments - there has been one common impact: disaggregation." His point is well taken and as I thought a little more about some of the changes the media industry is going through today, it occurred to me that there was one segment of the media and entertainment industry in which this same sort of disaggregation happened many decades ago. I think we can learn a lot from what that industry went through and use it as a possible indicator of what may lie ahead for the rest of the digital content business. The segment of the media industry I am referring to, is the field of music publishing. Read More

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Commercial Exploitation of Digital Assets

By Nick Sincaglia | May 03, 2012

As a continuation on the theme of my previous article on Finding Inspiration from Metadata Standards, I wanted to discuss the challenges surrounding the development of metadata models for the commercial exploitation of digital assets. Read More

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Passion for DAM, Growth Potential in Metadata and the New Chemistry of Data

An Interview with NueMeta founder Nick Sincaglia

By Charlotta Hedman | April 12, 2012

NueMeta is a technical development and service provider that helps media & entertainment companies design and develop digital asset management and royalty reporting systems which embrace global metadata and messaging standards. Read More

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Finding Inspiration (and Solutions) From Metadata Standards

By Nick Sincaglia | April 02, 2012

I have been active in a number of metadata standards organizations over the years. While the standards development process can sometimes be painfully slow, I recognize there is enormous value in being involved in such efforts. I have come to believe that if one takes the time to study and understand the design considerations behind the data structures, which make up these standards, they will develop new insights and a deeper understanding of how that industry operates. Read More

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The Challenge: Separating Technology Trends From Fads

By Nick Sincaglia | April 02, 2012

I am always keeping my eyes and ears open for new and better ways to do things. Innovation in technology is moving at such a fast pace it is hard (if not impossible) to keep up. This is even true for the most technically sophisticated people within the DAM industry. There is just so much experimentation going on, in so many related fields, the most you can hope to do, is to simply be aware of as many areas of innovation as you can and try to separate the trends from the fads. It is not an easy task. Read More

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Search and Your DAM Part 2

By Nick Sincaglia | March 01, 2012

In part 1 of this discussion, I covered a number of commonly known and practiced search related topics. However, the field of search as it relates to digital asset management systems is broad and diverse. Let's continue our discussion by going a bit deeper into some of the more specialized techniques that are being practiced. Read More

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Search and Your DAM Part 1

By Nick Sincaglia | March 01, 2012

I just recently moderated a panel at Createasphere's Digital Asset Management Conference in Los Angeles. The topic of the panel was "Search". In particular, the discussion was focused on the opportunities and challenges that may impact the operators and implementers of DAM systems. Like with many topics selected for conference panel discussions, the topic of search is vast and diverse. Certainly a one-hour session can only scratch the surface. However, it is important to highlight some of the new innovations available to the DAM community and provide caution for known challenges. The panel included Ed Elliott (Sr. Solutions Architect, Technicolor), Linda Burman, (CEO L. A. Burman Associates Inc.) and Chris Simons (VP, Harris Automation and Asset Management). Each has a unique perspective on the topic and as a result, turned the session into an interactive discussion with the attendees. Read More

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