Guess it depends on whether they actually followed any kind of standard in encoding the data in the TIFF files.

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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Edward M. Corrado
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2011 7:40 AM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] TIFF Metadata to XML?

Thanks for all the suggestions. I know have multiple ways to get an
XML file... now I only need to figure out which fields map to what.


On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM, Dave Rice <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Try exiftool with the -X flag to get RDF XML output.
> Dave Rice
> On Jul 18, 2011, at 9:18 AM, Edward M. Corrado wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> Before I re-invent the wheel or try many different programs, does
>> anyone have a suggestion on a good way to extract embedded Metadata
>> added by cameras and (more importantly) photo-editing programs such as
>> Photoshop from TIFF files and save it as as XML? I have > 60k photos
>> that have metadata including keywords, descriptions, creator, and
>> other fields embedded in them and I need to extract the metadata so I
>> can load them into our digital archive.
>> Right now, after looking at a few tools and having done a number of
>> Google searches and haven't found anything that seems to do what I
>> want. As of now I am leaning towards extracting the metadata using
>> exiv2 and creating a script (shell, perl, whatever) to put the fields
>> I need into a pseudo-Dublin Core XML format. I say pseudo because I
>> have a few fields that are not Dublin Core. I am assuming there is a
>> better way. (Although part of me thinks it might be easier to do that
>> then exporting to XML and using XSLT to transform the file since I
>> might need to do a lot of cleanup of the data regardless.)
>> Anyway, before I go any further, does anyone have any
>> thoughts/ideas/suggestions?
>> Edward