December 11, 2012
Contributors' Choice: Disambiguation
Here's something you may not know. Our site will ask you to
clarify some terms before submitting your images in your Workspace.
This clarification process is called "disambiguation." Read on to
find out why we do this and how it helps your images be searchable
on our site.
While working with keywords in your Workspace, you may have come
across a prompt that looked something like this:
This disambiguation prompt pops up when keywords have more
than one meaning in Veer's controlled vocabulary
. Some words we use in
daily life have different meanings depending on the context. When
words become keywords on the Veer site, we make sure they fit
within the context of the image. Choose the accurate meaning and
your image will be searchable by that keyword.
and not the color "green."
If the preferred meaning is not chosen, the site has no way to
know which keyword is wanted and neither will get applied. Think of
it as traveling down a road and arriving at a fork: you can either
go right or left, but if you don't choose either path, you won't go
The result: a picture of a child recycling which will not be
found if a customer searches on "eco-friendly." We don't want to
see this happen any more than you do. So be sure to take a moment
to disambiguate your keywords before you click that "submit"
button. More images found = more happy people.
(Images used: OJP0008431, 1715062)