Metadata (metadata, associated data, descriptive data) is descriptive and defining information about a repository or content entity. In the context of the ImageBank DAM solution, it refers to the content descriptive information that is associated with images and files in your ImageBank.
The main purpose of metadata is to enable files to be classified and stored correctly, and thus to be found easily and systematically, for example by using a search function.
Metatags support digital archiving
In many companies, files and materials are mixed up on a network drive. It is almost impossible to find files efficiently when material is managed from the web in a folder view without metadata.
Adopting a DAM solution such as ImageBank will greatly simplify material management and the integration of metadata into a centralised material management solution will greatly improve the discoverability and usability of files. In an organisation where materials are handled by multiple employees or stakeholders, the use of metadata becomes an important part of the materials management process.
A versatile search makes it easy to access the data you need, when metadata are filled in carefully and in a timely manner.
Keywords link files to subject areas
The main metadata in ImageBank are keywords. Individual keywords can be used to tag images and files to specific subject areas. In the ImageBank, users with editing rights can edit files with keywords and other metadata, such as the date of the image or the caption. You can also add customised metadata fields to your database in addition to the default fields.
A sensible category structure makes it easier to use the ImageBank
In addition to metadata management, a well-organised category structure further streamlines the search process. With a carefully implemented category structure, you can avoid huge folder trees. For example, structure your categories by subject and also take advantage of subcategories.
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