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Release of VRA XMP Info Panel (beta)

The Embedded Metadata Working Group (EMwg) of the Visual Resources Association’s Data Standards Committee is proud to announce the release of the beta version of the VRA custom file info panel for Photoshop and Bridge CS 4 and 5.
If you are interested in trying the panel, you can download it at:
If you aren't ready to try the panel but are curious, you can see a screen shot at:
The VRA panel can best be described as a user input and pre-cataloging tool with the following objectives:
•        Allow curators and collection managers to more efficiently collect metadata from faculty and student contributors and ingest it into a central database.
•        Allow database assistants to enter pre-cataloging information, i.e., source captions, original resource documentation, or backlog tracking information.
•        Empower contributors to keep embedded metadata in their image files for the purpose of managing them with common desktop photo applications and sharing with colleagues and students.
•        Create data that is Core 4.0, PLUS and IPTC compatible, i.e., it is interoperable with most photo software and can be easily ingested into a Visual Resources database.
•        Facilitate the creation of semantic web ready digital images that are self-describing through the use of embedded RDF/XML metadata.
Of course, achieving these goals and creating a panel that is not overly complex was a challenge.  EMwg took the following approach to this challenge:
•        Make a clear distinction between Work and Image
•        Determine which data input fields would provide enough granularity to minimize curator cleanup while not overburdening the user
•        Use mostly free text (display) fields
•        Provide locally definable “Custom” fields to accommodate specific needs.
•        Provide several view options so users can choose their own level of complexity
•        Provide Administrative fields for basic workflow tracking.
While working on the panel, EMwg has received input from both IPTC and PLUS.  Not only does this assure that the panel is interoperable with those standards, it also lays the foundation for future collaboration between our organizations.
To make it easy to share your comments and suggestions, we have provided two short surveys:
•        VR professionals who would be using the panel as part of their workflow:
•        Photographers and artists who would use it to submit embedded images to a curator:
•        Your comments will help EMwg to create a polished, useful product which will be open shared with all.
If you need assistance or would like to discuss the panel in detail, feel free to contact EMwg at: [email protected]
Thank you,
The VRA Embedded Metadata Working Group
Johanna Bauman (ARTstor)
Greg Reser (University of California, San Diego)
Sheryl Frisch (California Polytechnic State University) Jesse Henderson (Colgate University) Kari Smith (University of Michigan) Steve Tatum (Virginia Tech)