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Guidelines: Embedded Metadata in TIFF Images
Still Image Working Group

Embedded metadata can travel with a digital object during its life cycle and often exists in synergy with metadata in an organization's databases or other information technology systems. Embedded metadata enables people in and outside an organization to work more efficiently, provides valuable data to the systems that preserve digital content, and can assist in disaster recovery. In addition to these guidelines for minimal descriptive metadata in still image files, FADGI offers embedding guidelines for minimal descriptive metadata in still images and for Broadcast WAVE files in audio-visual materials.

Document Background

The draft guideline on TIFF Image Metadata submitted by the Still Image Working group represents a minimal set of recommended embedded metadata for historical and cultural heritage digital imaging. This is presented as an interim guideline. A new recommended guideline encompassing a richer metadata set in a more flexible format, with wider file format support, is expected to be developed by the Embedded Metadata Sub-group and posted at a future date.

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Current Document

Approved by Working Group – February 10, 2009

Working Groups

Still Image Working Group
This group is involved in a cooperative effort to develop common digitization guidelines for still image materials.

Audio-Visual Working Group
The goal for this working group is to identify, establish, and disseminate information about standards and practices for the digital reformatting of audio-visual materials by federal agencies.

Last Updated: 11/07/2016