PCWorld: How to back up your Google Photos library and keep your metadata. “Google Photos is one of the best ways to sync and store the picture you take on your phone, but getting them out of your library is another story—especially if you want to keep your metadata (date, time, caption, etc.). Since Photos no longer includes an option to sync with Google Drive, keeping a rolling backup of your photos is going to take some work. Here and your options are for creating a backup that keeps your photos and metadata intact.”
NextGov: Library of Congress Wants To Try Adding Humans to Automated Processes. “The Library of Congress, the biggest physical repository of information in the world, has been digitizing its resources, expanding its digital library and developing automation tools to manage its collection. As those tools bear fruit, Library officials now want to reintroduce humans to the process.”
DigitalNC: Moving Forward With Equitable Metadata: Changing Exclusive Terminology. “To continue the steps taken to promote equal representation throughout DigitalNC’s collections, as initially brought up in the recent blog post We Can Do Better: Making Our Metadata More Equitable, the NCDHC staff is becoming more committed to inclusivity through changing exclusive terminology. For this update, we’re specifically looking at the gendered and presumptive terms used in the title and description metadata categories of our visual collections. These changes, while perhaps small in effort, are a big step towards reimaging how we can be better stewards of history, especially to those individuals who are brought into our collections without an identity.”
Ubergizmo: Hackers Are Now Hiding Credit Card Skimmers In Image Metadata On The Web. “Physical credit card skimmers aren’t new and while they can be disguised, it is relatively easy to spot it if you know what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, it seems that credit card skimmers have gone virtual where according to a report from Malwarebytes, it appears that hackers are now hiding these virtual skimmers inside the metadata of images on compromised online storefronts.”
Security Boulevard: OSINT Tip: How to Analyze Exif Data. “Intelligence analysts, law enforcement, legal investigators, and investigative journalists all analyze metadata stored with digital images to gather insights about people, events, and locations worldwide. How does it work?”
Forbes: Image Scrubber Lets Protestors Post Photos Without Fear Of Reprisals. “Digital photographs carry what’s known as EXIF data, a stash of hidden technical information that is embedded in every digital image file. This data can include sensitive details such as the precise date, time and location at which the picture was taken, the make and model of the camera/smartphone it was taken with, and even the serial number of camera lenses… The online Image Scrubber allows users to quickly upload photos, remove any identifying EXIF data and also blur or paint over parts of the image, masking the faces of people in the photograph, for instance.” I think AI can deblur things which have been blurred, so painting is better if you’re going for privacy.
Search Engine Land: Google adds new image license metadata for licensable image label. “Google has launched a new structured data element for image license metadata that allows Google Images to show a licensable image label in the search results.”
Taneya’s Genealogy Blog: My Digital Photo Organization: Principle 6 – Follow Metadata Standards. “When organizing my digital pictures, it is also important for me that as I add the metadata, I do it in a way that follows best practice standards/guidelines for digital photo metadata. Of course, each software program will decide how they implement the standards – therefore, it is often the result that there is much variability among programs; some programs implement the standards well, and some do not.”
DigitalNC: We Can Do Better: Making Our Metadata More Equitable. “Over the last few months I’ve been working on a pilot project that looks at how NCDHC staff have portrayed women through metadata (the information that accompanies the images on DigitalNC) over time. This is a small step towards finding unconscious bias in our work and making our metadata more equitable. I’ve accumulated some interesting examples, and I thought I’d share them here.”
Search Engine Journal: SEO Best Practices: How to Create Awesome Meta Descriptions. “Since the early days of SEO, meta descriptions have been an important optimization point. Google continues to maintain that meta descriptions don’t help with rankings whatsoever. But, as an indirect signal, there is anecdotal evidence that indirect attributes of better descriptions do help.”
Liliputing: freedb is shutting down in March, 2020 (free music database). “Freedb is a free online database of track listings for millions of CDs. Without this type of database, you’d either end up with a bunch of nameless files, or you’d have to manually type the album names, artist info, song titles, and other data into your computer. While FreeDB isn’t the only game in town, it’s been one of the most prominent services providing track listing data for nearly two decades — and according to a note at the freedb website, it’ll shut down at the end of March, 2020.”
Taneya’s Genealogy Blog: My Digital Photo Organization: Principle 5 – Add Metadata. “This post is #5 is a series I am writing about my digital photo/file organization processes. In previous posts, I covered 1) how I gather my photos into one place, 2) how I name my files, 3) how I backup my digital photos, and 4) how I establish a structure for my files. Here, I share why metadata is important to me and how it can help you create a robust, searchable, and browsable digital photo collection.”
The Verge: The Grammys organizer is giving artists a metadata gold mine to credit unrecognized music workers. “…the Recording Academy has partnered with Australian music metadata and authentication company Jaxsta, which boasts more than 100 million officially sourced credits from music labels and distributors across its database. Jaxsta effectively compiles full song credits — who played the saxophone on one track or which engineers contributed to the production on another — and makes it easy to source that info, be it for sample clearance, industry analytics, or initiatives like Behind the Record.”
UConn Today: Time-Saving Software in an Age of Ever-Expanding Data. “Systematic reviews started in the fields of medicine and public health, where keeping current with research can be, quite literally, a question of life or death, says [Eliza] Grames. (Ever wonder how your doctor knows about the latest treatments for your condition?) ‘In those fields, there is an established system with Medical Subject Headers where articles get tagged with keywords associated with the work, but ecology does not have that.’ … The project sprang out of need. In her own process of reviewing, Grames noted she would miss articles and key terms and was interested in finding out how to identify those missing terms. So, Grames decided to create a system that researchers in the field of ecology, environment, conservation biology, evolutionary biology and other sciences, could use.”
Search Engine Journal: How to Generate Text from Images with Python . The headline’s not great. This article is about how to create metadata and alt text for images using Python. “The bad news is that in order to improve your images ranking ability, you need to do the tedious work of adding text metadata in the form of quality alt text and surrounding text. But, the good news is that we are going to learn how to automate that tedious work with Python!” A deep dive and somewhat technical, but wow. Even if you don’t plan to do it, just read the article to see the possibilities.