Tuesday, June 19, 2007

IPTC Photo Metadata Working Group White Paper Released

The International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) released the Photo Metadata White Paper in conjunction with the Global Photo Metadata Conference held in Florence, Italy on June 7, 2007. The paper focuses on improvements needed to broaden the scope of IPTC style photo metadata so that it is more useful to those in the stock photography and image archive sectors of the professional photography market.

Chapter 3 of the white paper should be of particular interest to the stock image industry, as it outlines a large number of new fields that the working group designated as being needed to make future IPTC photo metadata relevant to the stock industry. The white paper concludes by presenting a set of open issues that need to be addressed.

"Anyone who works with photos professionally needs to read this white paper," says Walter Baranger of The New York Times. The 27-page white paper is available online, free of charge. The IPTC also invites discussion and comment by email to office@iptc.org.


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