[Editors note: Flip-Pal mobile scanner ambassador Thomas MacEntee presented a free webinar on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, titled “Metadata and Digital Images”, to help you learn how to work with the metadata embedded in digital files in order to add captions, information about the people in the photo, when the photo was taken and more! You can view this recorded webinar under the Learn More menu.
What is Metadata?
What if you could store information about a file such as a description, the author, keywords, etc., and associate it with the file so it is always available? What if you could easily search on your computer for all photos with a certain person in them? By using a file’s metadata you will be able to do just that! It is a valuable means of managing any data and it is very easy to do once you know how.
Basically, metadata is “data about data” and is a way of classifying and organizing files—including digital images. A better definition of metadata might be “constructed information,” meaning a classification of various data points about a file. It is available on many different types of files formats including photo files such as: JPG, TIFF and PNG.
The main advantage of metadata is its portability, meaning that when the file is emailed to another person or posted online, the metadata stays with the file. It is like having a virtual sticky note that travels with a photo and tells you more about who is in the photo, where it was taken, etc.
Thomas MacEntee, presenter of Metadata and Digital Images is one of the leading presenters of genealogy and family history webinars. Thomas is the founder of GeneaBloggers.com, a community of over 3,000 family history bloggers around the world, and a nationally-known genealogy professional, author, speaker and educator. He specializes in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community.