Here is the authoritative handbook on multimedia metadata and data management. In one volume, it gathers a wealth of information from the field's leading international experts in this emerging specialty.Multimedia data -- text, image, voice, and video -- poses unique challenges to product developers and database professionals in midsized to giant organizations. They need to know how multimedia can be effectively stored, accessed, and integrated into applications. The key is "metadata", which acts as an umbrella for multimedia data and allows it to be modeled and managed. In this invaluable guide, well-known contributors from the U.S., Japan, and Europe examine the metadata concept, present relevant standards, and discuss its global use in video databases, speech documents, satellite and medical imaging, and other applications.