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Collections become useful when you need to group files of a certain project, for

example: marketing brochure, presentation, contact-sheet or a web-gallery.


And for any other purposes when an order of items is important. We plan to improve the "Collections" tag's behavior in the future and store an order of items inside of each collection.



A Description of "Collections" according to the MWG metadata specification

(www.metadataworkinggroup.org Page 66):


Images are organized and classified by people for diverse reasons. Users may want to group files together by content, type, time, or any arbitrary criteria. Often, an image file’s classification system can represent meaningful hints as to how the image should be viewed and managed. Professional digital asset management (DAM) systems manage images with highly structured hierarchies and vocabularies for searching and accessing content. However, consumers need to organize and search their images using simple methods, in particular:

- Consumers are generally unwilling to invest large amounts of resources in creating and maintaining classification hierarchies.

- Consumer semantics are unbounded, because motivations driving user classification strategies are unique and organizational

requirements often change over time.

While there is an unbounded set of reasons and mechanisms consumers might have for creating particular groupings of images,

a number of common cases emerge:

- “My Favorite Flower Shots”, “Family Photos”

- Content-based classification [who, what, where]

- “Summer 2009 Photos”, “DSC-231 - DSC-554”

- Time-based classification [when]

- “http://www.flickr.com/photos/luigi-san“, “Scans from Grandpa’s photos”

- Resource/process-based grouping (e.g., stored in an Internet repository, processed in a certain way) [how]

- “Bobby’s photos”, “http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeups.php“

- Ownership or user-based classification



A common way for consumers to present images to a wide audience is through publishing image galleries on the Internet.

This implies that there is a resource available for the description, organization and / or publication of a set of images.

A useful descriptor for a gallery of images on the Internet is the URI which identifies that gallery.

It acts as a “breadcrumb” leading back to the source where an image is stored and managed as a part of a larger context.

Collections may be hierarchical in nature, and URIs (or extended naming conventions) can provide a natural way to represent

such a hierarchy. However, the organizational structure of a collection pointed to by the collection metadata property is

out of scope. While the title of the gallery may hint at the common collection semantic, full intent is often only understood

within the context of the storage and management application that contains it.

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can I use this collections tag to prevent certain collections from showing in Searches, Places and on the map?


You can use it in searches but only if you alt+click on the tags, and after that you edit the search in advanced mode.

At least, unfortunatelly there is no "not contains" or "not equals" in the combo box when you try to create an advanced search from scratch. :( (edit: The does not match works only if you assigned only one collection tag.)

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An option to stop some collection completly from the searches and tags. They should only appear when I check the regarding options window


Oh, a global constant on/off switch for a collection, yeah, that would be great.

Now I have many, many very specific saved searches (without any grouping option, so it's really chaotic) with a lot of collection filterings, because it's a lot of time to search and filter out elements again and again. So this way the whole process would be more simpler.


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