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David Riecks founded as a resource to help others learn how best to build controlled vocabulary lists, thesauri, and keyword hierarchies for describing images in databases. He has been involved in many recent digital image standards initiatives as well as being a featured speaker at industry events such as PhotoPlus Expo, the Microsoft Pro Photo Summit, and the first and second International PhotoMetadata Conferences. Riecks currently chairs the SAA Imaging Technology Standards committee that urges industry adoption of...

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Why Can’t I Lock Up My Photo Metadata?

Why Can’t I Lock Up My Photo Metadata?

By David Riecks | June 27, 2013

When presenting around the country during the GetMETAsmart tour, one question that nearly always came up, was how to lock your photo metadata so that it could not be changed by others. This idea of permanent metadata is not a new one. According to John Nack of Adobe, this has been a perennial... Read More


Six Ways to Keep your Digital Images from Becoming “Orphan Works”

(in light of the passage of the UK Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Act)

By David Riecks | May 07, 2013

"Orphan Works" are a legitimate problem for many galleries, libraries, archives and museums that have acquired various works over the years, as without knowing who created each artwork, it’s hard to know whether copyright is still in effect. However, since the UK has recently passed the... Read More


Why is this still an April Fools Day story?

Why isn’t there an “Add Description” button on the back of every digital camera?

By David Riecks | April 09, 2013

It’s now been a week and a day since being subjected to the rash of annual April Fool’s day pranks. I wanted to wait at least a bit, so that the headline below wasn’t confused as one of those (as it would be too easy for many to believe).

"Samsung releases Digital... Read More


IPTC study shows some social media networks remove rights information from photos

By David Riecks | March 11, 2013

As visitors to the DAM Coalition website know, digital camera files can contain significantly more information than just the pixel stream.  Even basic photo editing software, like Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom or Photo Mechanic, allows photographers to embed rights-based information... Read More


DAM Building Blocks Part 2


By David Riecks | January 23, 2013

This is the second part of a series and focuses on filenaming for DAM systems.

What’s in a Name?

With modern Digital Asset Management systems, file names need only serve a singular purpose -- providing uniqueness. By that , I mean that each asset should have a file name that is... Read More


DAM Building Blocks

Part 1: Overview

By David Riecks | November 26, 2012

The simple promise of any Digital Asset Management (DAM) system is that it makes it easier to find and use the assets (digital files) you have in your collection. Read More


The Top 12 Myths about Embedded Photo Metadata

By David Riecks | February 28, 2012

There are a number of myths or misconceptions that surround the practice of embedding information such as IPTC, IPTC-IIM, XMP or even Exif into a digital image file - like JPEGs, TIFFs, Photoshop, DNG and other Raw files). There are a number of applications or utilities which can do this easily and safely, but first, let's take a look at the list. Read More


IPTC Extension now in CS5 and Lightroom 3

IPTC PLUS Toolkit for Adobe Creative Suite Now Availalble:

By David Riecks | February 28, 2012

The International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) and the Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS) have jointly developed a plug-in metadata panel for use in Adobe Bridge (CS3 or higher) which allow users to read/write the full set of fields included in the IPTC Core, IPTC Extension and the PLUS metadata schemas. Read More