What a DAM week it’s been. In digital asset management news, Quantum finds a NerVve, there’s another Razuna release, CMSWire contributors debate DAM News, a new eMam emerges, and orphaned works find a home.

Some NerVve

The idiosyncratically-capitalized NerVve Technologies specializes in automated video indexing and search capabilities, and it now has a new investor -- the San Jose-based Quantum Technologies. The idea is that users of Quantum’s StorNext storage virtualization software will be able to utilize NerVve for faster and more efficient search and retrieval of video and still image archives.

With NerVve, a user can search through 24 hours of video in under five minutes, via a search-by-example methodology that employs Macgine learning and a computer vision algorithm to display ranked results. The technology is targeted at such video-intensive industries as media, entertainment, social media and government.

This Week in Razuna Releases

Another week, another Razuna release. Version 1.5.2 of the open source DAM software is now out, a week after the company unveiled its Enterprise Edition and a month after 1.5.

Enhancements include improved conversion of RAW files, support for MXF videos, and an API that can now handle very large uploads. Among the handful of bug fixes are ones to ensure that search-in a-search works and that PDFs always upload correctly.  

Point, Counterpoint

In last week’s column, we mentioned Edward Smith’s recent essay at CMSWire.com, “My Other DAM is a Self-Service Intranet Portal,” where he compared running a digital asset management system without self-service to being legally prevented from pumping your own gas in Oregon or New Jersey. Fortunately, there was no significant backlash from residents of those two states who prefer someone else filling ‘er up on cold or hot days.

But there is a reply essay by the DAM News editor, Naresh Sarwan: “Rebuttal: Do Users Want a Self-Service DAM -- or a DAM Servant?” You’ll have to score for yourself which metaphor wins out.

Speaking of debating between CMSWire and DAM News, last week, Henrik de Gyor asked here the age-old question: “Should I Auto-tag or Crowdsource My Metadata?” To which Ralph Windsor of DAM News replied, with an essay on that site: “Should You Auto-Tag, Crowdsource, or Just Do It Properly to Start With?”

New eMAM

A new version has been released of eMAM, a DAM and media asset management system from Empress Media Asset Management LLC. The new version includes intelligent camera support, which expands support for popular camera file formats and their embedded metadata. There’s also remote/hybrid workflow, in which a single interface can be used to preview and manage content that is stored in separate locations.

A Home for Orphans

The European Union’s Council of Ministers has decided to adopt orphans. In this case, orphans are digitized works that are “orphaned” legally from their creators’ rights. If a diligent search conducted by the organization to find the rightful owners is unsuccessful, then books, films, music and other intellectual property can be digitized, used and made available online by libraries, educational institutions, museums, archives and public service broadcasters. The EU’s decision will now have to be implemented into laws in the member countries.

If a work is determined to be orphaned in one country, that orphan status would apply to all EU countries. If someone later comes forward to claim ownership, they can receive compensation as determined by the individual countries. In the United Kingdom, new laws under consideration would allow commercial as well as non-commercial use, and businesses would have to pay a market rate to use the orphaned works.