Grayscale birches in morning sun.Though I posted my last word on HDR, this is generated from an HDR image as a test. I switched the handler of my camera downloads to Adobe Bridge. As the images come in, I can choose a metadata set to append to the standard metadata that cameras generate. Usually, I just tack on copyright information—©David R. Stong for Penn State. I try to add keywords if I drop the image into a common folder of any sort, but sometimes forget. Adobe Bridge makes it easy to add IPTC Core metadata to images, but it does require human intervention.

After I've manipulated the images and saved them, the metadata is gone—understandably—and I need to add new text. The new text stays in place though, even after uploading to the server, placing it in my blog, pulling it back down and looking at it again. I can even see the code if I open the image in TextEdit (most other text editors actually render the image). Go ahead- grab it and look for your self.

I think that's just so cool. I imagine content distributed on servers connected by public networks that then make the content open and findable. The word "repository" though, feels completely different. Content isn't really tagged with metadata- the metadata exists in a controlling system that uses the metadata to point to the item. It just seems wrong to me. Repositories are sold with the idea that they make content available, but in my mind, I see them making content available to a select few. That, of course, will sell it in an academic market place where we want content to be available to all members. I guess I'm hoping for a way to have open membership.

I needed an innocuous post.

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