Taking control: Identifying motivations for migrating library digital asset management systems



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The Corporation for National Research Initiatives


This paper analyzes and discusses results from "Identifying Motivations for DAMS Migration: A Survey," which traces institutions' motivations for migrating from one DAMS to another. Using data from the survey, the researchers ask two questions: "What motivations prompted institutions to migrate from one DAMS to another?" and "In what directions are institutions moving?" The researchers find that respondents desire more local control over the library DAMS and, when faced with the decision to migrate, institutions are more often than not choosing open source software systems. The researchers conclude the paper by reviewing lessons learned from the research methodology and discussing future areas of exploration related to this study. The findings of this study can inform future DAMS selection and development.



digital asset management systems, digital library, digital repository, Digital asset management systems, Digital libraries, Digital repositories


Stein, Ayla, and Santi Thompson. “Taking Control: Identifying Motivations for Migrating Library Digital Asset Management Systems.” D-Lib Magazine, 2015. doi:10.1045/september2015-stein.