Get more value out of your DAM with first-class metadata

Metadata is the information attached to an image, video, or other asset in your DAM. All that metadata information is what makes your assets searchable—and valuable. Cortex lets you bring order to your assets with sophisticated, custom fields and advanced cataloging options.

Simplify the way you add metadata

  • Opt to make certain metadata fields mandatory upon ingest.
  • Ingest metadata in batches from internal or external sources.
  • Add embedded metadata to Cortex fields during ingest, including metadata from IPTC, EXIF, XMP, and DICOM® files.
  • Import metadata from CSV or XML metafiles, or download a CSV of metadata, edit it, and re-upload it.
  • Import metadata via sidecar metafiles—in other words, you can import metadata that isn’t directly attached to your asset.
  • Manually enter metadata.
  • Enable auto-tagging to automatically identify keywords for images and videos.
  • Avoid certain terms when auto-tagging with an auto-tagging blacklist.
Auto tagging assets in cortex
Customize metadata screen in cortex DAM

Customize your metadata fields

  • Get an unlimited number of customizable metadata fields for digital assets and their containers, including text fields, dates, checkboxes, controlled values, and more.
  • Create metadata sets that apply to specific types of assets.
  • Administrators can limit the options available to other users or prevent them from creating their own values.

Develop a taxonomy that works for your enterprise

  • Import a thesaurus from an external source.
  • Add ingested metadata to your thesaurus.
  • Utilize controlled vocabularies in multiple languages.
  • Create parent/child relationships between tags.
  • Create synonym relationships between tags and define which term is preferred.
  • Add usage instructions and notes to tags.
  • Organize tags into categories.
  • Exclude certain tags from being suggested during search.
  • Limit who can create and edit tags.
  • If you update a tag, it’ll be changed throughout Cortex.
  • View the different versions of a tag, including which user changed the asset, the timestamp, and the before/after value.
Metadata tag
Batch edit metadata

Enrich assets by extending your metadata

  • Batch edit metadata and tags on selected groups of assets.
  • Speed up tagging with tools like autocomplete.
  • Generate time-based annotations on video assets by adding time-stamped text files such as closed caption files or transcripts.
  • Add manual time-based annotations to video assets.
  • Let child folders inherit selected metadata from their parent folder.
  • Allow third-party agencies to upload content and enter required metadata.
  • Tag content with your choice of metadata, including the creation date, author or owner, credit, keywords, and rights.
  • Link related metadata using paired fields.

Learn the 6 Best Practices for your Digital Asset Taxonomy

Taxonomy is the backbone of a digital asset management system, and a well-designed taxonomy can boost productivity and make assets easier to find. Take a look at a few ways to make sure you build a strong, reliable taxonomy for your digital assets.

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Digital Asset Taxonomy