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      Searching for Photos - Journalists’ Practices in Pictorial IR

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      Challenge of Image Retrieval (CIR)

      Image Retrieval

      5 February 1998

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          This paper reports the results of a field study on journalists’ practices in requesting, searching for and selecting photos in the course of their daily work. The study addresses different types of search topics common in journalistic illustration tasks, journalists’ searching behaviour and the criteria they apply in selecting photos. Data were collected by observing journalists in their work and interviewing them. A sample of requests received by the archive was also analysed. The results indicate that specific needs dominate the use of newspaper photo archives. Photos of objects, themes, or abstract topics expressed in general terms were also needed, but finding them and formulating queries in these cases especially was considered problematic. The results suggest that browsing is an essential strategy in accessing digital photo archives. Journalists tend to browse but the present archive systems support browsing poorly. The paper concludes with suggestions for the improvement of end-user access to photo archives. The possible applications of current feature-based indexing and retrieval methods in the newspaper photo archive are discussed in the light of the results.

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                Author and article information

                Conference
                February 1998
                February 1998
                : 1-13
                Affiliations
                Department of Information Studies, University of Tampere

                Tampere, Finland
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/CIR1998.8
                © Marjo Markkula et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Challenge of Image Retrieval, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Challenge of Image Retrieval
                CIR
                University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK
                5 February 1998
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Image Retrieval
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                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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