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Silver Image Management
Good Housekeeping: Plain Talk about Digital Image Metadata Standards
Marcy Silver Flynn is a consultant specializing in collections management services for visual materials and other special collections. From 1997 through 2002, she worked with the Defense Technical Information Center (Fort Belvoir, VA) on the creation of metadata guidelines for their Defense Virtual Library project. Prior to consulting, Marcy worked in prints and photographs departments at the Library of Congress (1991-1994), the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (1988-1991), and the Maryland Historical Society (1984-1988). She is actively interested in standards development and currently serves on the Association for Information and Image Management National Standards Council and the Society of American Archivists Standards Committee.
Now that digital libraries make so many visual images available online, there is a recognized need for the development and implementation of standardized metadata to convey information about digital images, particularly photographs. The purpose of creating descriptive metadata is for resource discovery, management and preservation. Can standards fit together and satisfy long and short-term requirements? This session considers several of the digital image metadata standards currently available from the perspective of a visual materials archivist, and explores implementation issues.