I’ve been seeing a stream of tweets pass my twitter feed today calling question to HP’s purchase of Autonomy. At the time of the acquisition, there was all sorts of buzz that one of HP’s reasons for buying into the ECM/DAM space was to mold itself after Big Blue and shed some of it’s consumer-centric divisions. Is this (another) nail in the coffin for HP? Continue reading
Arguably, the single most powerful feature in Cumulus is the category. Sure, the ability to have hierarchy trees (taxonomies) isn't unique to Cumulus, but it's all about the metadata! More specifically, it's all about the category metadata inheritance! Canto provides the inspiration for this crazy-why-didn't-they-think-of-it-already-feature from their Category Permissions functions. Continue reading
Canto Cumulus 8.5 introduced field validation via regular expression pattern matching. I've yet to do anything with it, but have been meaning too. We deal with ISBNs in our Cumulus catalogs and have always thought it was a prime target for validation.
In the course of researching information for a different post, Google led me down the rabbit hole of links and found these little Gems: The first is the Wikipedia page for ISBNs where they break down each part of the number to show what it's used for and provide sample code for calculation. (hot!). The second is from Stackoverflow, discussing regular expressions for ISBN-13 and ISBN-10.
I'm can't wait to try it out in my catalogs! Stay tuned for results...
Whenever I start a new-user training I ask the user, “Have you ever used a DAM before?” The usual answer is, “No”. Then I follow up with, “Do you know what ‘DAM’ is?” again the answer is usually, “No”. This is all to be expected. Continue reading
Nobody likes to type repetitive information over, and over, and over, and over, (gasp for breath) and over again. When it comes to adding metadata to your assets, metadata templates are your friend. Not only can they save you time and a possible carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis, they also help ensure data consistency. Continue reading
In honor of Election Day, I wanted to share how working with Metadata is like Voting. We've all heard the phrase "Vote early, vote often", right? Well it's just like that with metadata. Except with 100% less chance of voter fraud! Continue reading
A common scenario at work is that my team needs to direct users to specific parts of a a category hierarchy in Cumulus. The trouble is Cumulus doesn't readily display category information in a way that's conducive to a copy / pasting the full path of a given category. As a result my users and I usually end up writing it out by hand. (And that kinda kills my soul.) But there's a better way...