Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Metadata Growing Up?

The article, "Metadata Growing up" on the Stock Asylum website discusses the introduction by the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) of a Custom Metadata Panel for Photoshop that can be used by image distributors to to keep, manipulate and provide information that does not properly fit in currently available metadata fields.

The article also discusses how PLUS and this Metadata Manifesto are helping to pave the way toward more effective use of image metadata for all creators and users of photographs.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Well done, iView

We congratulate iView Multimedia for reconsidering their decision to drop support for legacy IPTC metadata.

When iView released version 3.1 of iView Media Pro, their application only stored metadata using the XMP/IPTC Core schema, and did not also store the metadata in the older, legacy IPTC (Image Resource Block) format. After receiving feedback from their users about how important it was to be storing metadata in both of these formats, iView restored this capability within a couple of weeks in version 3.1.1.

[note: on June 27, 2006 iView Multimedia announced that they were being acquired by Microsoft]

Friday, July 21, 2006

ASMP Supports SAA Metadata Manifesto

The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) has announced its active support for the Stock Artists Alliance (SAA) and the SAA's recently published "Metadata Manifesto."

"Metadata is one of the keys to solving the current Orphan Works dilemma and is essential for the future of rights-managed photography," said Eugene Mopsik, ASMP executive director. "As
the Manifesto states, 'Without effective systems in place for identifying and managing digital assets, everyone working with digital images is adversely affected. Resources are wasted,
opportunities are lost, liability increases and intellectual property rights are eroded.' ASMP greatly appreciates this SAA effort made on behalf of all photographers."

Kudos to Alamy, Corbis.. any other stock distributors?

We congratulate on recently adding embedded metadata to all preview images on their website, as well as images sent out to clients after licensing. Stock distributor Corbis has been including embedded meta data for many years, however, it's important to note that these two are the exception rather than the rule. Having distributor information as well as other forms of rich metadata within images means that end-users can more easily determine where they downloaded that particular image. If you know of other distributors that are including embedded metadata, please post a comment below.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

For Immediate Release

To raise awareness about metadata and encourage its adoption, SAA has published a “Metadata Manifesto.” It provides guiding principles and practices for anyone who creates, uses, or manages digital images, as well as those developing supporting technology and services. Highlighting the efforts of international standards bodies and industry groups, the Manifesto stresses the urgency of metadata adoption, especially by the stock photography industry.

July 11, 2006. Photographers losing money from copyright infringement; editors scrapping photos from layouts because they lack caption information; librarians struggling to make burgeoning digital asset collections publicly available—Diverse problems, but they share a common solution: metadata.

Anyone who has searched for images on stock photography web sites has benefited from metadata, but once the image is removed from the site, that information is usually lost unless it’s been embedded into the file. That metadata can provide critical ownership and usage information, as well as descriptive caption information that can be used to help search and identify image subjects.

To raise awareness about metadata and encourage its adoption, the Stock Artists Alliance is releasing its Metadata Manifesto. The Manifesto provides guiding principles and practices for anyone who creates, uses, or manages electronic images, as well as those developing digital hardware and software. Highlighting the efforts of international standards bodies and industry groups (such as IPTC and PLUS), the Manifesto stresses the urgency of metadata adoption.

As an advocacy group for stock photographers, SAA is especially concerned about the impact on the stock photography industry. As images are disseminated, their underlying information is often lost. With the continuing fragmentation of the stock photography market and proposed copyright law changes that would undermine protections for owners of so-called “orphan works,” SAA believes it is now critical to increase metadata use and support.

“This is SAA's wake-up call to the photo industry,” says David Riecks, Chair of SAA’s Imaging Technology Standards committee. “Photographers need to add metadata to their digital images now, or risk losing future income. Without metadata, they may as well be putting their images in a black hole.”

Says Riecks, “We need industry-wide commitment to metadata. We need technology that makes it easy to embed it, preserve it, and facilitate tracking and rights management. Without a dedicated industry-wide effort, using and managing digital assets will continue to be problematic, and photographers stand to lose more than anyone."

Download the Manifesto