“Truth is in the file” redux: From Photo Gallery to Flickr

Back in February I noted that Photo Gallery can embed metadata — including tags — directly into images. One implication of this “truth in the file” strategy was that photos tagged on the desktop in Photo Gallery would someday be able to carry their tags with them when uploaded to Flickr. Today is that day. … Continue reading “Truth is in the file” redux: From Photo Gallery to Flickr

Who’s got the tag? Database truth versus file truth, part 3

I’ve recently been exploring the implications of the following mantra: The truth is in the file. In this context it refers to a strategy for managing metadata (e.g., tags) primarily in digital files (e.g., JPEG images, Word documents) and only secondarily in a database derived from those files. Commenting on an entry that explores how … Continue reading Who’s got the tag? Database truth versus file truth, part 3