SEI 2017 Instructor of the Week: David Riecks

We’re thrilled to introduce the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute, many of whom are joining us for the first time! We’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2017 curriculum each week, so be sure to stay tuned.

We’re happy to introduce David Riecks, owner of, and celebrated metadata consultant. David will be leading the Embedded Metadata Workshop and Let’s Get Practical: Metadata Open Session. The workshop will take a hands-on approach to embedding metadata into digital image files, playing with tools that read, write, and extract metadata from digital files, and what programs may be best for data acquistion, work flow management and information exchange. Be prepared for active learning exercises – Come with questions, leave with answers!


David Riecks

Did you know?

David Riecks founded as a resource for building controlled vocabularies, thesauri, and keyword hierarchies for describing images to increase success in finding them in digital asset management (DAM) systems.

You may recognize him as being involved in many of the metadata standards initiatives influential to the photography, digital image, and digitization fields — or from being a featured speaker at conferences and industry events — such as PhotoPlus Expo, the Microsoft Pro Photo Summit, and the International PhotoMetadata Conferences, among others. Riecks has chaired the Society of American Archivists’ Imaging Technology Standards committee, the American Society of Media Photographers Digital Photography Standards & Practices committee, and more.

Riecks recently assumed leadership for the Photo Metadata website, a project begun under the Stock Artists Alliance, one of several projects under an umbrella of partnerships spearheaded by the Library of Congress’ National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP).

In recognition of his years of work to further photo metadata standards, he was named as a “Pioneer of Digital Preservation” by the Library of Congress in 2009.

Register for SEI to benefit from his knowledge directly!

6 weeks from today SEI will be happening! If you’d like to bunk in the dorms at $53 per night, those arrangements will need to be made by THIS Friday, May 5. If you’d like to book a room at the Franklin inn, the block group rate of $165 per night can be secured until May 12th. There are a limited number of rooms at that price. An email will be sent to all registered attendees with the booking code.

Read all about SEI at where you can find our Statement of Inclusivity, info about registering, accommodations, curriculum and much more.

In its 14th year as a joint program between the  Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), SEI 2107 will be held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from June 6-9, 2017.

SEI provides both new and more experienced professionals the opportunity to stay current in the rapidly changing fields of digitization, project management, fair use and copyright, metadata, and digital asset management, as well as significant networking opportunities. As a 2015 SEI graduate noted, “The curriculum was excellent in scope, striking a balance between detailed, practical exploration of relevant skills & tools, and putting these in the context of broader issues in visual resources/arts librarianship.”

SEI 2017 is filling up. Register soon!

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