Chapter 9 Strategies for Successful File Migration

Once you have created your DAM system, how do you move images
from the "old days" into your new digital world? In this chapter, we'll
discuss the migration of files from film to digital, from RAW to DNG,
and from one storage medium to another.

Overview of the Migration Process
Get Comfortable
Making a Plan: Test, Test, Test
Experiment with Trial software
Make sure your metadata is coming along for the Ride
Doing everything, vs. only doing what's pressing
Keep and Eye out for Opportunities to Thin the Archive
Keep some catalog Snapshots along the way.
Keep a parallel structure for a while

Migration of disorganized digital files into an organized Information Structure
Step 1: Determine how much storage space you will need to hold the existing material
Step 2: Gather the Existing Material
Step 3, Rename
Write the old Name to Metadata
Step 4: Making the Buckets
Step 5: Remember to Backup
Step 6: Make a catalog of the legacy items.
Step 7: Search for duplicates, and add metadata as practical
Syncing your legacy ratings and Keywords with your new System
Develop Ratings Definitions
Make Utility Sets
Extracting Directory-based Rankings and Image Information
Transferring Private (non-embedded) Metadata

Migration from Film to Digital
ROI is King
Making Camera Scans
Make a Calibration Image
"Scanning" Slides
"Scanning" B&W Negatives
"Scanning" Color Negatives
Naming Film Scans
Naming Color Transparencies

File format migration (RAW to DNG)
Important components of the DNG conversion process
Saving Private Metadata
Saving Directory Structure
Thinning the Archive
Keep that parallel structure for a little while
Does this look too DAM hard?

Migration from one storage medium to another
New Primary Storage
New Backup "bucket" sizes
Here's Why
Here's How

OS/Software Migration

DIgital Asset Management
Organizing Photographs