David Riecks, Richard Wagner, Bob Stromberg and other contributors to the Controlled Vocabulary forum have compiled their 12 top myths about embedded metadata:
- Embedded photo metadata is something that is hard to read unless you have Photoshop or some other professional software application.
- If I embed my copyright (or caption or keywords, or other metadata field) into my images it will always be there.
- Embedding photo metadata adds a lot of disk space overhead to an image file.
- If I embed photo metadata in the images I place on my website, then search engines will be able to spider them and use the caption and other information to rate/rank my images.
- Images that I upload to my social media or photo sharing sites will still retain my embedded photo metadata.
- Removing embedded photo metadata is against the law.
- All embedded metadata is the same.
- Picasa (or iPhoto) writes all my captions into my embedded metadata as soon as I enter them.
- Adding copyright and contact information to images on the Internet makes websites load slowly.
- Adding photo metadata, like copyright and contact information, is difficult to do and time consuming.
- Metadata is always stored inside of the image file (OR Metadata is always stored outside the image file).
- The topic of metadata is beyond the competence of the everyday user.
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