Are you interested in a ton of useful and current information related to photo metadata? Well, this link to notes and presentations from the Photo Metadata Conference 2012 at CEPIC will keep you quite amused for days on end. With sessions moderated by David Riecks on the topics of search – finding the image, finding the rights, and the future of search and image licensing, there are presentations here from industry leaders.
Mary Forster, Director Search Strategy at Getty Images, presented on open linked data and its potential within the picture library industry. Thinking of open linked data like six degrees of Kevin Bacon, the information here demonstrates through tangible examples how machine readability, unambiguous entries, dynamic, frequently updated collective intelligence can lead to greater findability and inform browse.
Andrew LaBonte, Director Search Metadata at Corbis presented on the future of search. From open source search engines to crowdsourcing, this presentation delves deeply into one of my favorite subjects – can keywording be crowdsourced? Differentiating between simple and complex tasks seems the key to the proper utilization of crowdsourced knowledge, because “people like to tag images.”
Mr. LaBonte also explores Algorithm “Magic” vs. Metadata “Reality.” Here is a formula for the future:
The Future = (constant algorithm refinement and innovation)
(increased metadata consistency and standardization)
The section on click metrics compares keywording relevance to customer relevance – subjectivity in image description. With a lovely example showing that one person’s cute baby may not be another person’s cute baby, click metrics may eventually be the way to effectively harness and target search results on a more personal level.
These were not the only presentations featured, but I have been fortunate to intern in Mary’s group at Getty and to see Mr. LaBonte in the hallways at Corbis. I hope someday to attend CEPIC and perhaps even present on similar topics. For now, I will soak up all the information here and you can enjoy it as well.