Though Drupal delivers unparalleled tools for content management many users are quick to criticize its media asset management capabilities. When it comes to managing, displaying and reusing files your options are quite limited out-of-the-box. Because of this a number of very interesting modular solutions have evolved from the community to fill the gaps. These solutions offer contrib recipes that add some degree of true media asset management to Drupal, but there is certainly no one-size-fits all answer. Furthermore lacking interoperability between some of these module solutions can lead to confusion.
In this session we’ll take a look at what Drupal offers architecturally in terms of media asset management/display and where popular module add-ons have stepped-in to add new and important features. We’ll look at some commonly-used tools (such as Media and File Entity) in detail while also exploring concepts that a multitude of smaller modules may leverage when plugging-into a more holistic media solution.
Also, looking forward to Drupal 8 and beyond, we’ll touch on some of the momentum that's building to unify solutions that are not currently compatible with each other.
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