Metadata – IPTC and XMP

The first coordinated metadata effort was the Information Interchange Model, developed by IPTC in the early 1990s.

The latest version of the spec I could find is here:

It had its largest acceptance among photographers, as the standard for embedded metadata in images.

XMP, the Extensible Metadata Platform, is a successor, but its vocabulary is still based on the IPTC schema (because XMP was a collaboration between Adobe and IPTC).

The other main metadata initiative is more encompassing, the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. The document specifying metadata terms is found here:

Here’s a quicky description of everything:

And an online Exif viewer to boot:

And an example of its use:


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>