Metadata and organizational structures in personal photograph digital libraries

Sally Jo Cunningham*, Masood Masoodian

*Corresponding author for this work

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We examine the 'native' metadata and organizational structures that individuals create for their personal photo digital libraries, by analyzing the behavior of photo collectors as recorded in 37 autoethnographies and ethnographies. The findings confirm several common assumptions about how people organize their photos that have been the basis for features in earlier photo digital libraries-that photos are commonly organized by time, event, and location, and that collection owners create very little metadata manually. We discuss alternate sources of metadata that arise as a consequence of sharing photos, and consider additional features for photo digital libraries that may be useful in supporting searching and browsing of personal collections.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAsian Digital Libraries
Subtitle of host publicationLooking Back 10 Years and Forging New Frontiers - 10th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, ICADL 2007, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783540770930
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Asian Digital Libraries - Hanoi, Viet Nam
Duration: 10 Dec 200713 Dec 2007
Conference number: 10

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4822 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Asian Digital Libraries
Abbreviated titleICADL
CountryViet Nam


  • Personal digital libraries
  • Photo metadata
  • User studies


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