by EMDaWG (Embedded Metadata Working Group – Smithsonian Institution)
This document defines the minimum proposed descriptive embedded metadata1 for digital images at the Smithsonian Institution. It also provides basic guidelines for the use of embedded metadata in imaging workflows across the Institution. It represents a consensus of practitioners across various units about how to better manage the data that is populated into our digital images. Its intention is not to dictate practice, but rather to educate and provide guidance for those working with digital image collections. Though we acknowledge that this information continues to evolve, we also recognize the Institution’s desire for clarity about how to identify and use digital materials at this point in time. Further, a commonly understood and implemented metadata terminology will assist in the implementation of the goals and objectives of the SI Strategic Plan.