The non-profit digital image library ARTstor recognized a need for a simple, affordable way to manage digital visual assets in schools, museums, and other institutions with growing digital visual archives. ARTstor created Shared Shelf, a web-based image management software for the DAM non-expert. Trent Batson and Mary Grush describe Shared Shelf in the article “Digital Visual Asset Management Beyond the Library.”
According to the ARTstor website, Shared Shelf offers media management software that enables institutions to manage, store, use, and publish media collections within their institution or publicly on the web.
Shared Shelf has a built-in metadata schema of VRA Core, but has the flexibility for developing individual metadata schema for particular collections. Shared Shelf also integrates with the ARTstor collection. So users could access ARTstor images in addition to local institutional images when building a collection. Shared Shelf also makes it easy to share images beyond the participating institution.
Shared Shelf seems like a great tool for art and architecture librarians, museum librarians, and visual resource curators. Anyone have experience using Shared Shelf for DAM?