Ifra-IPTC Conference Explores Photo Metadata Standards

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By: E&P Staff

Ifra and the International Press Telecommunications Council will hold a conference in June to discuss how to develop and implement photo metadata standards that could facilitate photo exchange and archiving.

Representatives of standardization bodies will meet with vendor representatives from Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, Canon, Fotoware, Hasselblad and Microsoft to discuss how to improve the exchange of photo metadata, while professionals from the photo and news industries will consider such questions as using standardized metadata for rights and permission information.

Efforts to establish universal photo metadata standards have been hampered by language and cultural barriers, but the use of XML tags, which make it possible to include metadata with photos throughout the entire production process, could pave the way for greater interoperability of photo metadata.

The Photo Metadata conference, which will be held in conjunction with this year’s CEPIC Congress, will convene on June 7 in Florence, Italy.

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