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News: Digital Asset Management Symposium Unveils Lineup of Speakers
News: Digital Asset Management Symposium Unveils Lineup of Speakers

Presentations Feature Experts on Digital Asset Management in Media & Entertainment, Gaming, Genealogy and Public Service Fields

Last Updated: November 11, 2015 6:11 pm GMT

(Los Angeles, California--November 12, 2015) The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) has announced a full roster of speakers for the 2015 Digital Asset Symposium (DAS), taking place Nov. 18-19 in Portland, Ore., at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. Experts from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), FamilySearch, Game Metadata and Citation Project (GAMECIP), the International Association of the Chiefs of Police (IACP), and Stanford University will discuss their approach to handling video, audio, written and physical materials in their respective fields.

For the first time, DAS is co-located with AMIA’s Annual Conference, creating a comprehensive, cross-discipline look at media preservation. Since 2007, DAS has been a unique forum for a broad range of experts from content creators, technologists, storage specialists, systems designers, and archivists who tackle similar asset management challenges. DAS Portland is one of the most comprehensive and varied outings for the event.

“The challenge of managing the lifecycle of digital assets has grown exponentially across an array of professional disciplines,” says Tom Regal. “Sharing insights drawn from varied fields where effective methods for handling content are being developed brings the DAS community invaluable lessons to be learned.”

The lineup for DAS Portland includes:
In addition to these speakers, AMIA previously announced that Erik Weaver and John Downey will keynote DAS sessions on the future of digital media, storage, and the cloud. Weaver is a recognized expert on the intersection of the cloud with media and entertainment, and runs “Project Cloud” for The School of Cinematic Arts’ Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at the University of Southern California (USC). The project unites senior leaders from the six major studios in developing next generation cloud standards, supporting Hollywood organizations and major cloud vendors, and producing proof of concepts. Downey is founder and CEO of NextGen Storage, a company dedicated to accelerating the breadth and market adoption of next-generation, cloud-integrated storage technologies and services. Downey delivers thought leadership around data storage and data management technologies and their intersection with cloud computing.

For a complete DAS schedule, visit, and for information on the AMIA Annual Conference, go to


DAS addresses the full life cycle of the media asset – from content creation to rights management to assuring asset preservation – with speakers and case studies that address what works in the real world. Each part of the life cycle impacts the next and DAS is the only place where everyone is part of the conversation – content creators, post-production, systems designers, archives, asset managers – where commercial meets nonprofit and corporate meets public.


As the world’s largest international association of professional media archivists, AMIA is uniquely poised to bring together a broad range of experts. Members represent film studios, corporate and national archives, historical societies, labs, post production, universities, footage libraries and more. Because of this diverse membership, AMIA provides an opportunity to interact with every facet of the field and a single forum to address the best ways to preserve our media assets. For more information, visit .