Workflows are becoming more digital. Digital cameras capture and upload straight into the production process. We use the same file for several outputs; print, web, CD, handheld, wireless, eBook, RSS, video. In this flow metadata is a core part. ”If you can’t describe it, you can’t control it”.
Gunar talks a lot about how XMP (extensive Metadata Platform) works, how it can contain metadata from a mix of standards, how it can be extended. By padding the image file with empty space after the XMP-packet you make it possible for other applications to edit XMP-data without fully understanding the file format. The XMP format is licensed under the BSD open source like license. Several standards make use of or build upon XMP (IPTC, DNG, DISC, PLUS, DIM2, AdsML, PDF/A).
It is fairly easy to build and install custom metadata panels for Adobe Photoshop and Bridge. Bridge can also be extended with Flash panels. Those can have a nice GUI and can via scripting use FTP or HTTP services to send 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 .