Tips on Indexing the Photo Archive
Here are some guidelines to help you choose useful keywords for the
Because, in general, we look for things when looking for raw
image content, the most valuable keywords are nouns and names. Also
of value, but of less importance, are adjectives. For example,
you might want to search the archive for all flowers, or you
might want only all yellow flowers. However, it is
unlikely that you would want to search the archive for all
When choosing keywords keep the following in mind:
- First, be specific. Try to choose words that identify the image
object(s) as precisely as possible.
- Second, be broad. Try to describe the general characteristics of the
- Last, be descriptive. Describe characteristics that usefully
differentiate the image object(s).
|This is an image of geese. It might be useful to index them in
the plural as geese as well as the singular goose.
More generally, a goose is also a bird and a fowl.
Finally, it might be useful to indicate that they are
Canadian geese, or that they are swimming or that
they are brown gray.
This is an image of a beach. It could also be described as
the shore. It contains a number of elements which could be
descriptive such as white, grassy, or
sandy. Alternatively the descriptive elements could also be
considered important elements in their own right, such as
sand and grass.