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Innovative embedding of metadata enabled by smart phone technology

As a digital preservation enthusiast I have yet to warm up to the low-quality, Instagram filtered photos I see on my Facebook feed among other places. I evangelize to friends about the perils of not backing up their phone photo libraries and the possibility that the images they are taking with these lower quality cameras will degrade drastically within the next few years. Nevertheless, smart phone camera apps automatically capture very valuable information for the end-user: descriptive and format metadata. Now we not only have the specific time an image was taken, but also its location and the device (including the shutter speed and aperture) with which it was taken. This New York Times article briefly discusses services that capitalize on the granularity of this metadata, particularly a history-centric service called Historypin, which uses Google Maps to “pin” photographs to their location. Graphic material metadata is notoriously hard to pinpoint and these location based apps are enabling a better discovery process by making the descriptive one much easier.

By mzl10

Librarian and kindness enthusiast.

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