There’s nothing more important than staying organized when it comes to managing all your content. In most instances we have defined a folder structure that meets our need for the most part. It’s not perfect but hey, it works, right? Folders within folders that group items as best as possible. Searching is not the best at times and keeping everything organized and updated is not an easy task. Here is where DAM plays an essential part to get you beyond your typical folder structures.
With Taxonomy you can ditch that honeycomb of a folder structure that’s giving you so many headaches night after night. Imagine having the ability to organize your images within multiple virtual folders structures all at once without having to move or copy the image anywhere. Now you may be asking yourself, so what? How does that benefit me? What does that even mean?
Last summer I got to see an awesome cinematic display from “Back to the Future” featuring the DeLorean as the center piece. I quickly pulled out my camera and snapped as many shots as I could of the full display. Capturing all the angles and the props in all their glory. The hover board, sports almanac, Doc and Marty all part of the display. It was a tribute to 2015. Technology and movies throughout history. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to attend a few of these events through out the years and each time document the experience with some great stills to show my friends. Here lies the issue, how should I organize all these images? Should I go for a chronological order structure? Perhaps start with the year > sub-folder of month > sub-folder of events > down to Back to the Future display. That’s great and all but how do I tie this in to other displays I’ve seen? Maybe I classify it by what type of images they are, something like cinematic displays > sub-folder Adventure, Comedy, or Sci-Fi > down to Back to the Future folder.
What if I could do both? By using Taxonomy, you can. Taxonomy allows you to go beyond the physical attributes of folder structures and allows you to use them as you see fit. I can tag them with both virtual directories or any other that come up down the line. So no matter how I choose to organize my content, in the end it will all be easy to find. Isn’t that what we all ultimately want in life? To find what we want, when we need it.
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