I lead platform work
<https://github.com/creativecommons/platform-initiative> at Creative
Commons. As part of that work, we are exploring the potential of a standard
field in EXIF that could make attribution and license info more sticky
across the web. We are currently in the research phase -- talking to major
image hosting platforms (and platforms that read and ingest images) about
what kinds of image metadata they read and retain. Zhou and his engineering
team at Wikimedia directed me to this list as I am seeking feedback from
the Wikimedia community.
Ultimately, we want to make it easier for platforms to display provenance
and license info -- increase the likelihood that when a user lands on an
image, they know who created it and what license to use it under. For
example, images from Wikimedia Commons may get tweeted, but the image
metadata is not retained in tweets. How can we work with platforms to use
the same metadata standard so that info can be retained across them?
Since we are just in the research phase now, I welcome your thoughts on
Wikimedia Commons' and Wikipedia's own uses of image metadata. Specifically:
1. The most common image metadata standards we know about are EXIF and
XMP. Which does Wikimedia primarily read and retain? Are there others that
are more widely used?
2. Which standard does Wikimedia prefer? What would be easiest to
implement? for Wikimedia, but also for the platforms that Wikimedia
interfaces with. Aka, what are the pros and cons of each?
Lastly, welcome any general thoughts about the feasibility and need for
such a project.
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