The New York Times is digitizing millions of historical photos dating back to 1896. The Times hopes that by digitizing and archiving its photo library, it can eventually move some of that material into its licensed library of syndicated material. This interesting news came to us from AXIOS in their article, “NYT digitizes millions of photos going back to 19th century.”

Digital asset management (DAM) systems are a strategic business process for organizing, storing and retrieving rich media and managing digital rights and permissions. At its simplest, a DAM is a set of database records. Each database record contains metadata explaining the name of the file, its format and information about its content and usage. At its most comprehensive, it can be intuitive, providing results in a timely and complete manner.

The Times has set an editorial goal: not to do this only for special occasions, but to make it a permanent fixture of coverage that helps readers reconsider history.

Of course we know that indexing data, regardless of its type, is best done with a comprehensive, standards-based taxonomy creating consistency and findability.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.