[Digikam-users] congratulations

Alan Pater alan.pater at gmail.com
Thu May 29 02:06:21 BST 2014

Gian, it is very interesting for me to hear that you are using digikam
to manage biodiversity resources. While not a biologist myself, I had
the luck to spend a month in the Ecuadorian Amazon and see the results
from their Camera Trap program.

One interesting thing I found is the ability to store Darwin Core
metadata in the images as XMP. So far only exiftool has support for
the DwC schema, but I have sent in a patch for exiv2 to support it as
well. Once that is done, Digikam (and a lot of other free software
tools) will be able to work directly with DwC tags. I have also
started work on an extension to the metadata editor to support DwC.

By the way, if you (or anyone else reading this) has a bit of time,
the exiv2 patch needs some further testing. I works for me, but it
would be better if more people tried it.

The patch is here: http://dev.exiv2.org/issues/937
And for those on (k)ubuntu, a ppa:


On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM, Gian Paolo Sanino Vattier
<gpsanino at vtr.net> wrote:
> Dear Digikam developers and users,
> I am just joining this forum, and I wanted to congratulate everybody
> involved into this project developing and improving this excellent
> application. Also, thanks to Gilles for his support about the editor and
> nikon images (in 2012).
> I am getting better with it but I am still struggling with my tags
> management since some of them simply do not want to go away from the
> metadata, while other just do not go from the database into the file's
> metadata. This is happening to me with some files, not all of them, but
> I cannot find where is the problem and cannot check each file... anyway,
> I understand that this may be due to exiv2lib instead of Digikam.
> I guess most people using Digikam are photographers, but I wanted to
> share with you guys that this tool is helping many other fields as well.
> Like me, as a biologist, I am using it to manage hundreds of thousands
> of images assessing wildlife (cetaceans, wild cats, marine life etc)
> occurrence, baselines, individual identifications, diseases, etc.
> Digikam is one of my main tools and have connected its database with
> LibreOffice.base to manage it externally as well (to make charts, apply
> statistics, etc). Here you can follow one article about the use of
> Digikam on field research: http://tinyurl.com/nvxm9k9
> I have followed this great tool now for several years and it keeps
> getting better and better.
> Thanks!
> gps
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