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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-219
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Library Metadata
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • image retrieval
  • tags
  • folksonomy
  • photojournalism
  • metadata
  • news libraries
  • digital archives
  • controlled vocabularies


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