Memory Manager Preserves Metadata

From: Lea Ward

Date: January 30, 2010

Hello Mark, This is very interesting information. I read some more on the Library of Congress website and actually read some on metadata, I hope you will explain a little more about this and how our Memory Manager Software is using metadata and how that can be a selling point. If I were a professional photographer for instance, would storing digital images on MM 3.0 and adding their copyright info. or their licensing rights on each photo, protect those images once distributed on disc or through e-mail? Thanks, CM Consultant, Lea Ward

metadata
noun
data about data; “a library catalog is metadata because it describes publications”
WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.
20100201_Memory Manager Preserves Metadata

Metadata is the information about a photo. It may tell you when it was take, where it was taken, and who is in the photo. It may include star ratings and complete journaling details. In Memory Manager, these details are stored as part of the image file, ensuring that this information is not lost if the files are emailed or used for other projects. Many other programs store this information in a separate file where it may be lost over time. Metadata may also include copyright and digital rights management information, although a complete discussion of the legal implications is outside the scope of this blog.

Think about how valuable an old shoe box of unlabeled photos would be with all this information. Nobody would wonder who is in a photo or when it was taken. Memory Manager prevents this scenario from happening with digital photos.

For more technical information on metadata, check out the Metadata Working Group and the Guidelines for Handling Image Metadata. These are the guidelines that Memory Manager 3.0 follows.

About Mark Mizen

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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