Connecticut School Adopts Rich Media Asset Management

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Loomis Chaffee, an independent secondary school in Connecticut, has adopted the education edition of Canto Cumulus to manage its digital assets, including images, documents, and rich media.

The move was part of an effort not only to preserve images and other media for the school, but to make sure that information pertaining to the media was also preserved. Cumulus is a digital asset management tool for Mac OS X and Windows that places a heavy emphasis on metadata and annotations for storing information about assets, along with relationship tracking, format conversion, support for offline assets, job ticket support, and various other management features. It also provides playback features (such as slideshows), print to PDF, contact sheets, and basic image editing and manipulation capabilities. Cumulus EDU is the education edition of Canto Cumulus.

The system was adopted at Loomis Chaffee in an effort to manage a growing number of assets at the school that the previous system was unable to handle.

"Photos--past, present and future--are the key to preserving the rich, 94-year history of Loomis Chaffee," said Mary Coleman Forrester, the school's director of public information, in a statement released this week. "We didn't necessarily lose a lot of photos in the old file system, but we lost information about them--the metadata. No more."

To support the deployment, the school set up a server with 3.5 TB of storage.

The deployment at Loomis Chaffee was handled by Renaissance Micro, a Canto Certified Partner that focuses on working with schools. Renaissance also provided training for staff and administrators.

Loomis Chaffee serves about 725 students in grades 9 through 12.

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