What is Metadata?
Read This before Scanning old Pictures
We scan our old family photos to digitally preserve the images of our family history. The photos inspire us to ask important questions of our elders and tell important stories to our children. That is, as long as we can find the photos after we scan them.
If you have ever taken a digital photo and looked at it on your computer, you’ve probably noticed that all sorts of interesting information pops up. You can see the exact date the photo was taken and the exact longitude and latitude where it was taken. That information is metadata. The camera attaches useful information to your photo, and it travels with the photo as it moves from camera to computer to cloud and wherever else. It’s like a permanent bar code hiding in every photo you take that tells you when and where it came from.