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Abstract

This article is based on the presentation, “Embedded Metadata in Cultural Image Collections and Beyond: Embedding Metadata in Image Files at CalPoly, San Luis Obispo,” given at the Visual Resources Association’s (VRA) annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 18,2012. This case study illustrates the practice of embedding metadata into image files at CalPoly’s Art and Design Department’s Visual Resources Collection, from its early stages to today. It will show the evolution of using embedded metadata as a method of applying descriptive label information to images, to its use in cataloging, and how the practice can lead to the discovery of digital resources that enhance teaching and learning. Developing a digital workflow within the parameters available resources and student staffing is also discussed.

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