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Getting Smart About Metadata
 June 17, 2009 @ 12:37 PM (EST)

The Stock Artists Alliance is looking to help photographers get smarter about using metadata. DPG contributor-at-large, John Ares, is working on the committee that is writing and reviewing some of the standard priocedures. We can look forward to staying on top of the progress of this initiative.

Why Is Metadata Important?
Everyone involved with digital images shares the challenge of tracking and managing their rapidly expanding collections. Images with embedded information about their ownership and content are easier to find and harder to misuse. Metadata is the key to better protecting copyrights, promoting licensing, improving workflow, and managing assets. Unfortunately, it is under-used and under-supported.

Photo Meta Data
What Is The Metadata Initiative All About?
Funded by a Digital Preservation grant from the Library of Congress, the Stock Artists Alliance created the Photo Metadata Project to promote industry wide use of standardized photo metadata in every digital file. SAA is hosting live events and a new website, to help educate photographers about the proper use of meta data.
SAA has been championing the industry wide adoption of guiding principles, standards and technology for image metadata use since 2006, when they issued the Metadata Manifesto.


Where Can I Learn More? (glad you asked)
If you live in or around one of the cities that is hosting a live event, consider signing up, the events are free of charge:

Dallas / May 27
San Antonio / May 28
Seattle / June 11
San Francisco / June 17
Los Angeles / June 18
New York / June 22
Washington / June 25
Atlanta / July 21
Chicago / TBA
Tucson / TBA




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john ares
Jun 24, 2009 12:09 AM
john ares wrote:
I attended the presentation in NYC and found it very useful for photographers who are doing more with their work than just shooting for themselves. Try and attend one of the other free sessions if you are able. The tips and resources presented are top of the craft. More to come...
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