- Copyright protection (orphan works)
- Identify the picture/author/source
- No need to re-key information
- Effective workflow
This with orphan works is a very important part. Without labeling of who is the photographer and what copyright is valid for the image publisher might in the future use the images without payment. They can claim that the copyright older is unknown.
Common problems are that all information resides in the caption field. One reason for this are that many editorial and content management systems only reads the caption field. The title field is misunderstood and contains all sorts of information.
The many different fields create confusion. The pic4press group identified the most important fields that should always be filled. Then they created their own Photoshop template. This template only makes use of existing fields. The main goal was to get people started to at least enter the most important information.
Sarah emphasized the following “Caption, credit and picture number on ALL images”
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 .