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Offline Rob Hedge

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What's Your Practice with IPTC Keywords?
« on: August 09, 2022, 06:21:53 AM »
I'm interested in knowing people's views on whether words should be repeated in the Keyword field that are already in the Location or Description/Caption fields.

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Re: What's Your Practice with IPTC Keywords?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2022, 03:02:38 AM »
It depends on what Media Asset Management you are using. The majority of the systems (and at least all those I'v been working with)  search all fields - which is of course also dependent of the preferences chosen - so there is no need to repeat the words of the description / the headline in the keywords.

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Re: What's Your Practice with IPTC Keywords?
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2022, 06:59:36 AM »
H @Bildarchivare,

That approach, which I find attractive, makes the Keyword field the least important of the fields when it comes to search terms. It treats the field as a catch-all for terms that aren't already elsewhere and aren't central to the image. Carl Siebert seems to endorse this view in one of his posts and videos.

I have the impression that the approach is the direct opposite of what many people actually do. Recently, I watched a video in which someone demonstrated using the Structured Keywords Panel. His demonstration amounted to going to a fair amount of effort to duplicate the content of the Location fields in the Keywords field.

If one takes the view that Description/Headline/Location come first, it raises the question of what to actually use the Keywords field for.



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Re: What's Your Practice with IPTC Keywords?
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2022, 04:15:17 AM »
Hi Rob,

repeating in the keywords what is said in the description/headline/copyright/city doesn't seem to make much sense. We use the keywords field for different purposes such as:
- alternative spellings
- synomyms or homonyms
- customer-related keywords
- conceptual keywords such as ideas, emotions, moods, relationships etc
- special historical or topographical terms
- sayings and phrases
- photography terms

These terms maybe central to an image but are not expressed in the description or headline, so the keyword fields provides a possibility where to record them.

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Re: What's Your Practice with IPTC Keywords?
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2022, 04:48:28 PM »
Thanks @Bildarchivare. Very helpful.

Does anyone else have views on this question?
« Last Edit: August 12, 2022, 02:20:06 AM by Rob Hedge »
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