Library of Congress

Digital Preservation

The Library of Congress > Digital Preservation > Partners > Preserving Digital Still Images

Lead Partner: ARTstor
Additional Partners: Art on File, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Northwestern University

This project aims, through training and tools, to enable photographers to submit archive-ready images to repositories such as ARTstor. Development of a tool will allow photographers to capture technical and preservation metadata early in the creation workflow and embed the metadata in their digital images, while outreach efforts at art schools and professional conferences will both generate requirements and raise awareness of the importance of metadata to the long-term usability and preservation of digital photographs.


  • Establish requirements for a minimal data set to be added to XMP metadata.
  • Build an open source tool that will allow content creators to easily apply technical and preservation metadata to the files using the XMP framework

More detailed project information can be found at the Project Web site (external link)