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June 11, 2009 -- The Stock Artists Alliance (external link), a partner of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program Preserving Creative America initiative, has launched (external link) a website to promote industry-wide use of metadata in digital images. logoThe site, (external link), aims to promote the use of embedded metadata by photographers, stock distributors and end users. A related educational program, the getMETAsmart! (external link) tour, offers several free events around the country to teach photographers, stock distributors and anyone working with digital image files about embedding metadata in images.

The key message is that images with embedded metadata are easier to find and preserve.  Users, archivists and software developers are also urged to ensure that this information is retained as image files are copied, licensed, published online, reproduced and archived.

Read more the Standardized Metadata for Stock Photography project.