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News photographers, librarians, tags, and controlled vocabularies: Balancing the forces

Neal, Diane



This article discusses a survey distributed to photojournalism professionals in order to determine their metadata preferences for photograph retrieval in an online archival system. Their top preferences included: named objects, specific events occurring in the photograph, browsing, and photographer-supplied keywords. Findings included problems with news photographers' metadata quality as well as librarians' inability to supply all the necessary metadata in this context. Additionally, it was found that current controlled vocabulary methods are not useful for the photojournalists' setting. New approaches to better facilitate search and retrieval of news photographs are suggested.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Oct 11, 2008
Publication Date 2008
Deposit Date Feb 3, 2023
Journal Journal of Library Metadata
Print ISSN 1938-6389
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 3
Pages 199-219
Keywords image retrieval; tags; folksonomy; photojournalism; metadata; news libraries; digital archives; controlled vocabularies