Adaptive Metadata layers enable you to have detailed, content-specific metadata profiles, without cluttering your system with too many metadata fields
Adaptive Metadata is the #1 reason organizations choose Picturepark over other digital asset management systems. First introduced by Picturepark in 2013, the ability to define, add and remove metadata in layers has changed the way Picturepark customers manage their metadata and content.
What’s in a metadata layer
Each metadata layer you define includes one or more related metadata fields. One layer might include all the fields you need for managing product images, while another layer provides the fields you need for press release management. This content-focused approach helps ensure that each digital asset has all the metadata it needs, and nothing more.
Metadata layers can also include the fields you need for internal discussions or reviews, production management and other administrative uses. Each digital asset in Picturepark has its own metadata layer set, so adding review fields to one digital asset won’t add those same fields to all content in the system.
Add or remove metadata layers at any time
Permitted users can add or remove metadata layers at any time. By adding a single metadata layer tag, all metadata fields provided by that layer appear. Remove a layer tag to remove metadata fields that are no longer needed. This helps keep your Picturepark easier for users to work with because they never see metadata fields that make no sense.
Different metadata for different user groups
Adaptive Metadata layering also means you can provide different metadata profiles to different user groups. Internal users can see the fields they need, while partners and customers see only what you intend them to see.
Metadata layering becomes even more important when you use Picturepark with Sitecore, SharePoint, Kentico or other integrated business systems. You don’t want the users of those systems to have access to all the same metadata your internal users see. Instead, create a new metadata layer for each integration and you can more easily control which metadata values will be accessible to the users of those systems.
Easier management of metadata standards
Metadata standards are definitions of metadata values required for specific purposes. For example, news agencies often use the IPTC standard, which provides metadata fields like World Region, Headline and Rights Usage Terms. Photographers often use the EXIF standard, which provides fields like Camera Model, Shot Date and lens Focal Length.
Many industries have their own standards too. In fact, there are hundreds of metadata standards in use today. Picturepark makes it easy to manage multiple metadata standards because you can isolate each standard’s fields onto their own layer.
You can also isolate metadata used for internal purposes that isn’t a part of any standard. This makes it easier for your users to know which metadata values might be seen outside the company.
The benefits of keeping metadata standards isolated are:
- It’s clear to users which values are part of each standard
- It’s easier to keep track of which metadata values should be embedded into the content that leaves Picturepark
- You can more reliably define access permissions for each standard, so that only the users you intend to see certain fields can see them
More Adaptive Metadata resources
You can learn more about Picturepark Adaptive Metadata in the following resources: