Primary Research Group Inc. Has Published the Survey of Best Practices in Digital Image Management, ISBN 978-157440-256-8

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The study presents the results of a survey of the image management policies of 64 organizations with large image collections: colleges, museums, government agencies and private businesses, with data broken out separately for each.

27 percent of image collections sampled provide collection access through Flickr.

The exhaustive study covers a myriad of issues including: cataloging and metadata, marketing and distribution, use of image management software and services, and revenues and sales strategy. It also looks at promotional uses of images, use of images on social media sites such as Facebook and on image sharing sites such as Instagram and Pinterest.

The study also examines the type of images maintained and how these images were acquired, through, for example, in-house scanning, outsourced scanning, digital creation at the outset, or purchased from a commercial vendor or other means. The report describes the type of digitization standards used, the use of crowdsourcing, spending on rights and licensing, methods of image retrieval available to end users, permissions protocols, discovery and access tools, digital preservation policies and more.

Primary Research Group ( has published reports on content-related industries for more than 25 years. Its reports are available directly from the publisher and from distributors such as Amazon, Baker & Taylor,, Midwest Library Services, Research and Markets, Alibris, and many other distributors of books and research reports.

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