What Not to Embed: is it better not to embed certain cultural heritage metadata in images?

  • Greg Reser University of California - San Diego
Keywords: Adobe XMP, embedded metadata, cataloging, digital asset management, IPTC


While many people agree that embedding descriptive metadata in image files, there is a lot of disagreement about how much of it to embed, particularly when it comes to images of cultural heritage works. The "embed everything you know" camp see more value in having flawed metadata than no metadata. The "embed only metadata that never changes" camp see too much risk in passing along data that is apt to change due to scholarly review. This article joins the debate and presents arguments for joining the "embed everything you know" camp.

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