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Imperial College London Overhauls Digital Image Library

London's Imperial College has outsourced management of an image library containing 20,000 pictures, a move that has lowered its  administrative overhead and made it possible to tag the images more easily. IC is using the Brandworkz 3.0 digital asset management system, developed by GlobusMedia to manage the online image library for 5,000 university staff.

The images had been managed from a storage area network, where they could not be meta-tagged, the university said.

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

The Brandworkz software is a storage and retrieval system that can be used to create new versions of artwork on demand. 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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Paul McCloskey is contributing editor of Syllabus.

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