Icam (Institut Catholique d’Arts et Métiers) is a engineering school created in 1898 in Lille, today it has 6 sites in France and 5 sites abroad. In France, it graduates each year more than 600 engineers and also offers a wide range of professional training and a set of R & D (Research and developpement) services.
Germain Dutilleul, Icam communication manager, leads the communication teams of the different campuses within the school. Upon his arrival at Icam, each school ran its own photo library on a local server and shared the photos externally on a web space. The role of photos is central to Icams's communication: the many websites and social networks must be constantly updated with up-to-date quality visuals. Therefore it was necessary to move towards a shared photo library between the 11 campuses, in order to have a single repository while finely managing user access, copyright and rights to use images.
To create this shared library, there was a need for a tool with full functionality and affordability. It was also necessary to have reactive user support, with proximity and that was French. Being a user of the open source Piwigo solution for years, Germain Dutilleul naturally turned to Piwigo.com, which represented the ideal compromise between photo sharing tools with limited functionalities (Flickr, Google Photos ...) and costly solutions for digital asset management.
Today, Piwigo is used by a dozen regular users and about fifteen occasional users at Icam. Germain and the communication referents of each campus supply the photo library; external service providers (graphic designers, photographers, videographers ...) can also have personalized access to upload or access content.