I love the descriptions in this collection: https://digital.library.unt.edu/search/?fq=untl_collection%3ACFPC&explore=true&fq=dc_type%3Aimage_photo
But I’m not sure how they will apply to football photos.
The Description field of metadata is the free textual description of the photograph, which complements the formal vocabulary of the subject field, and expands the much shorter title field. It can include background contextual information to help the viewer understand what is going on in the picture and why it is important. It allows natural language, which gives more search options. It can (or even should) include commentary that accompanies the photo, such as the writing on the back, or explanation by someone who knows the photo or subject.
Is there, or should there be, a length limit on a description?
From Dublin Core:
|Term Name: description|
|Definition:||An account of the resource.|
|Comment:||Description may include but is not limited to: an abstract, a table of contents, a graphical representation, or a free-text account of the resource.|
From the Textbook, Meta-data for digital collections p 115-117
Virtually all metadata schemes include some kind of description element
free-text, concise, objective, accurate summary or description
taken from object, accompanying info, composed by metadata creator
The richer the description, the more useful it is for the user
contains information not immediately evident by looking at the image
assists with subject retrieval by providing natural language searching
catch-all for including any kind of info that does not fit well into one of the other elements
Questions for the client:
Who is the main audience for this collection?
Do we need to create an overall description to go with the collection? Or is there one already? If so, what is it?