“It’s never about the technology. It’s always about the behavior. Each new technology is just another medium for bad design. The great benefit of a new technology is that it creates a new, level playing field for all competitors, even the tiny startups.”—Alan Cooper
Meta-data is information attached to a thing but that is not actually part of the thing. It is very important and must not be taken lightly in the digital world. For images, meta-data includes exposure information, geographical location where the exposure was made, time of day, and camera orientation. Further, there can be user-written meta-data, such as identifying keywords and copyright notices.
You will notice that some meta-data is reappearing in the latest images posted to this blog. Up until recently, I have been using a very convenient, easy-to-use, free program to reduce to an appropriate size the images I post. However, I just discovered that this otherwise excellent program discards all of the meta-data attached to the image. This is wrong. It does this for no reason other than the laziness of the programmer. He gets no compensation for his work, so I cannot fault him, but I will no longer use, nor will I recommend his product.
I now have to use Photoshop to reduce the size of my posted images. It’s slow and complicated and easy to screw up, but meta-data is vital, and deleting it is immoral and unethical, and Photoshop doesn’t delete it.