Case Study: Smithsonian Institution
The Maturation of DAM and Digital Preservation at Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian’s Enterprise Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) has been a work in progress since 2008 that has now matured into a mission critical component of the Smithsonian’s digitization initiatives and strategy. Currently serving over 40 Smithsonian units across museums, archives, libraries, and the zoo the DAMS is entrusted to store, manage, preserve and deliver over 8 million assets as it continues to grow and evolve.
This presentation will cover the building phases of the DAMS to include integration with Collection Information Systems (CIS), and asset delivery as demonstrated by representative use cases. Next project phases to strengthen digital asset preservation standards, policies, tools and practice will also be discussed.
Technology Branch Manager, Smithsonian Institution
Isabel Meyer is the Information Technology Branch Manager responsible for the Smithsonian Institution’s Enterprise Digital Asset Management System (DAMS). The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum complex with 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo, holding 138 million objects and specimens. Isabel provides expertise and direction across all the diverse Smithsonian units on the preservation, management, security, and storage of digital assets (text, images, video, and audio). Under her leadership since 2008 the DAMS has expanded from a pilot system with 24,000 image assets to a mission critical enterprise system currently serving more than 800 users across 40 units, managing close to 8 million digital assets. Prior to joining Smithsonian’s Office of the Chief Information Officer in 2003 she worked in all facets of systems and digital media technologies in public and private sectors, Fortune 500 corporations, and start-up companies in the U.S. and internationally.