The Metadata Working Group, a consortium of leading companies in the digital media industry, has introduced its first specification aimed at solving key interoperability issues among devices and applications.
The MWG was formed in 2006 with two main goals:
â€¢ Preservation and seamless interoperability of digital image metadata
â€¢ Interoperability and availability to all applications, devices, and services
The MWG released its first specification at the on-going Photokina 2008 in Germany.
Josh Weisberg, chairman and founder of the Metadata Working Group and director of Microsoftâ€™s Rich Media Group said, â€œGetting industry leaders together to rally around metadata interoperability is a real turning point, one that we believe will result in technology thatâ€™s easier for photographers to use. Weâ€™ve been working very hard to produce guidelines that are compatible across all applications, devices and services and that provide best practices for how, when and where metadata should be changed in popular file formats.â€
Metadata, sometimes referred to as â€œdata about data,â€ is important to digital photography because it allows photographers to tag their digital photos with information such as where and when they were taken.
[Site: Metadata Working Group]