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Author Topic: Searching outside of a controlled vocabulary (iStock)  (Read 1481 times)

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« on: March 25, 2014, 20:11 »
G'day folks,

This photo of mine:


was taken at the Garden Island naval base in Sydney. My keyword tags include 'Garden Island' and 'hammerhead crane'. If I search using 'hammerhead crane' then iStock finds the image. If I search using 'Garden Island', it doesn't. This appears to be because 'Garden Island' isn't in the CV and so it gets broken down into two searches - one for 'garden' and one for 'island', neither of which match the image.

The only way to find it is to put 'Garden Island' in quotes, which stops it from searching per-word. I don't imagine that your average iStock customer is clued-up to the point where they would know that terms outside of the CV have to be treated like this, so what's the best way to make sure the image gets found by a search? I know you can ask iStock for a phrase to be added to the CV... that seems the best option to me...

« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2014, 20:21 »
That's your only option.  Although it's unlikely anyone will ever use that term to find it, so it may not be worth the effort.


« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2014, 20:31 »
That's your only option.  Although it's unlikely anyone will ever use that term to find it, so it may not be worth the effort.
Why wouldn't they, if it's the name of the place? (Unless you are suggesting that a location so specific should probably be in macro, not micro)

@OP, it might also be worth putting Garden Island Naval Base, which would also have to be searched for in quotes, but that is so common that regular buyers will know how to do it. Maybe irregular/new buyers will guess as it has to be done so often on Google anyway nowadays.

In any case, for whatever reason, I find (I don't think it's common, but I've had it through several updates of Firefox) that even CV terms split when entered, as do CV DA's; e.g. if I search Iceberg and choose Iceberg (ice), they system splits them into Iceberg and ice. (so both words need to be in the search, not just a correct DA selection of Iceberg (ice).


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