Analysing creative image search information needs.
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KONKOVA, E., MACFARLANE, A. and GOKER, A. 2015. Analysing creative image search information needs. In the Proceedings of the ISKO UK biennial conference: knowledge organization - making a difference, 13-14 July 2015, London, UK. London: ISKO [online]. Available from: http://www.iskouk.org/content/analysing-creative-image-search-information-needs
Creative professionals in advertising, marketing, design and journalism search for images to visually represent a concept for their project. The main purpose of this paper is to present an analysis of documents known as briefs to find search facets, which are widely used in creative industries as a requirements document to describe an information need. The briefs specify the type of image required, such as the content and context of use for the image, and represent the topic from which the searcher builds an image query. This research takes three main sources - user image search behaviour, briefs, search engine meta-data - to examine the search facets for image searching in order to examine the following research question - are meta-data schemes for image search engines sufficient for user needs, or is revision needed? This research found that there are three main classes of user search facet, which include business, contextual and image related information. The key argument in the paper is that the facet 'keyword/tag' is ambiguous and does not support user needs for more generic descriptions to broaden search or specific descriptions to narrow their search - we suggest that a more detailed search facet scheme would be appropriate.