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I've recently been hired by a small NGO (3.5 US employees) and one of my first assignments is to wrangle the digital assets into a more usable database. I have not found any DAM software in TechSoup but wanted to inquire what DAM software others find to be a good investment.
At TechSoup, we use Box for Digital Asset Management. We have the Business Edition, that was upgraded to include meta tag functionality. You can learn more about the Box donation/discount program here.
Barb, TechSoup Senior Relationship Manager
Appears to be well-designed and easy to understand. Nice, simple workflow for adding new assets to DAM. Easy to set up metadata. Online documentation is mediocre.
SaaS options available at good prices
Open Source Digital Asset Management
Old, but probably the best source of information on Open Source DAM software
Best Digital Asset Management Software in 2016 | G2 Crowd
Useful because it contains reviews by actual software users
Best Digital Asset Management Software | 2015 Reviews of the Most Popular System | Capterra
Capterra is an excellent source of software information, not just DAMs
I've also found that Box (here's the TechSoup product link) to be really helpful in a small to medium size team environment. For a free option, Google Drive also has quite a lot of functionality in terms of sharing, permissions and setting up a basic file structure -- and it's a pretty good choice if your organization is already using other G Suite services like Gmail or Google Calendar.
That said, I don't think either option is super for multimedia management for photos and video clips. Rather than invest in an expensive DAM that can do it all but with a corporate price tag, I'd suggest a combo of Box or Drive with something like SmugMug (here's their nonprofit discount info). SmugMug is great for sharing and setting different permissions at the album-level as well as keeping track of metadata with tagging capabilities.
As a marketing/programs person, I was able to meet just about all of my needs with a combination like this. I will add that if you're using (or plan to start using) design software like Adobe Creative Cloud (here's the TechSoup product link), you might be better off storing those assets separately in Adobe's Cloud Storage unless you want the whole team digging around in there
Good luck with your search!
To learn more about how TechSoup uses Box as a DAM (Digital Asset Management) tool, see the recent TechSoup blog post here.
Thank you for the suggestions. all very helpful.
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