Wouldn‘t it be nice …
…to have an automatic image workflow from the photographer to the publisher?
… to know all the time, when and where and by whom a photo was created?
… to get your revenue share?
… not to rekey again, what others have already done earlier?
… to create high quality colour images for different types of publications?
… without manual intervention
Don’t throw away metadata – conserve it. IFRA has done extensive work regarding image processing issues. They found that conservation of EXIF-data is important for correct and efficient image processing. Specially ICC-related data. But it’s also important to not limit metadata standards to images descending from cameras – it must work for any type of image.
Conclusions and open issues:
- Well defined mapping between metadata properties of different schemas
- Write-Once metadata values
- Versioning of metadata values
- Cameras should allow easy-to-preset metadata values
- Cameras should deliver more than Exif metadata
- Improved support for controlled vocabularies as the source of metadata values on the user interface level
- Consistent implementation and use of photo metadata standards must be improved
- Imaging devices not restricted to cameras anymore
- A key feature of metadata for digital assets are globally unique identifiers
Notes from the first Photo Metadata Conference. This conference was held in Florence, Italy june 7, 2007. It was organized by Cepic, IPTC and IFRA. These are my private notes published to give you some idea of what was discussed. I will later write some articles from the conference and publish those on BLF.se and DigitalFotografen.se, but probably only in Swedish. If there are any demand I might make a short translated version in English. You can find presentations and more information at phmdc.org and cepic.org .