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New Sajara Offers Web-Based Geographic Digital Asset Management

Avencia, Inc. (, a Philadelphia-based geographic analysis and software development company, has announced a new edition of its Sajara web-based geographic digital asset management (DAM) for georeferencing, managing, searching, and displaying an organization’s digital assets from anywhere in the world. 

Unlike some DAM solutions that only manage structured content or others that use maps as the basis for the assets’ searches, Sajara’s uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. It is able to retrieve assets by enabling users to type an address, street intersection, or neighborhood. The location-based searches return all assets at that address and its vicinity and display them on a map. Sajara is also able to support Avencia’s Esphero global geocoding engine, enabling literally any address search in the world. Sajara offers other search functions such as keyword, date range, tag, author/photographer name, collection ID, or any combination of these, and it can accommodate a broad base of digital content such as photos, maps, audio, and video. 

The display of assets includes descriptive information, map location, thumbnail images, and video and audio streams. Because Sajara supports RSS and GeoRSS standards, users are able to see the returns of their queries in Google Maps. Further, the latest version of Sajara now supports KML (Keyhole Markup Language), enabling integration with the 3D environment of Google Earth. With its m obile module, an organization’s assets can be accessed from most cell phones, hand-held computers, and other internet-connected mobile devices.

The company claims Sajara is ideal for organizations, businesses, and agencies that have extensive repositories that need to be accessed by the public and/or staff members located anywhere in the world. Such organizations include archives, museums, heritage tourism organizations, historical societies, municipalities, the restaurant/tourism industry, real estate companies, and environmental agencies.

Source: Avencia, Inc.

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