Imperial College London overhauls digital image library

Imperial College London has outsourced the management of an image library containing 20,000 pictures. Imperial College said the move had lowered the administrative burden and made it possible to tag the images more efficiently.

Imperial College London has outsourced the management of an image library containing 20,000 pictures. Imperial College said the move had lowered the administrative burden and made it possible to tag the images more efficiently.

Imperial College is using GlobusMedia digital asset management system Brandworkz 3.0 to manage the online image library for 5,000 university staff.

The images were previously stored on a storage area network (SAN) which meant they could not be meta tagged and, therefore, could not easily be found.

Also, staff would previously request images by email or phone and this created a bottleneck for the creation of materials needed on a daily basis by the college, said Imperial College.

Peter Gillings, new media manager at Imperial College said, “The sheer number of images that we are accumulating is growing quickly and we needed a solution that could help us catalogue and distribute those images in a controlled way across the college for use across print and online materials.”

The Brandworkz software is a storage and retrieval system that can also be used to manipulate and create new versions of artwork on demand. For example, users can download an image as a low-resolution PDF or JPG file, while a designer has the capacity to download a Photoshop version of the same image.

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