A preliminary investigation of image indexing: The influence of domain knowledge, indexer experience and image characteristics

Joan Beaudoin


This study investigates the application of conceptual terms to images by individuals with various educational and occupational backgrounds. While the inherent complexities of applying terms to images are broadly acknowledged, few studies have addressed the issue of how subject expertise or practical image indexing experience may impact the work. This study begins work in this direction by examining the terms applied to a series of images by individuals with different levels of domain knowledge and practical indexing experience. In addition to the indexers’ varying backgrounds, the study examined how the images’ modes of representation and interpretation influenced the application of terms.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7152/acro.v19i1.12852