Title:10 Museums, 12 Months, 1 DAMS: Adventures in Centralized Systems at Balboa Park
Authors:Howard Goldstein, Perian Sully
Publication:MW2012: Museums and the Web 2012

Digital asset management (DAM) can be difficult, expensive, and time-consuming for a cultural institution to implement, yet DAM has become a central process to everyday workflows within cultural organizations. For ten small and mid-sized museums in San Diego's Balboa Park, the Balboa Park Online Collaborative undertook a project to deploy a Digital Asset Management System within the space of twelve months. This case study will outline the process and steps to analyze needs, choose an application vendor, and implement the system, with special focus on the opportunities and challenges of providing centralized solutions to institutions with localized or parallel interests.