ExifTool is a free, platform-independent, command-line oriented application for reading, writing, and editing embedded metadata in a wide variety of files. ExifTool’s ability to read and output embedded metadata is widely used within file-based collection management workflows. ExifTool is simultaneously simple and complex, and this workshop will focus on the basics of using this tool. Because ExifTool is command-line oriented, the beginning of this workshop will be dedicated to the basics of using and navigating the command-line interface. Following this, there will be a brief discussion of embedded metadata with a focus on Exif and IPTC before delving into basic hands-on exercises using ExifTool. After the basics are tackled, there will be a combination of individual and group exercises to gain a better understanding of ExifTool and the metadata it provides access to, and to explore some potential uses of ExifTool within collection management workflows.
This workshop is oriented toward those with a strong working knowledge of computers and some familiarity with the concepts of metadata, embedded metadata, and command-line applications. People who are not able to quickly navigate the operating system are likely to get lost, and people who are ExifTool or command-line whizzes are likely to be bored. If you fall somewhere in between, then this workshop is for you.
This session is presented as part of METRO's Keeping Collections program. Consequently, payment will be required upon registration.
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