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Hi everyone, I’m reposting this from the New Zealand thread,

It’s been mentioned to me by photo editors that it is sometimes harder  to track photographers, because of all the variations of spellings and names of certain places. For example, in the directory, there are about ten variations of "Brooklyn" alone.

spelling, uppercase/lowercase, mispelling, etc, etc, all lead to confusing  location listings.

For those of you who do want to be more findable, you might want to adjust your locations a bit, and try to use the most common names and spellings.

One way we tried to help out with this was to add the "nearest airport" slot,  but even there, some people use uppercase, some lower case…so we have JFK, and jfk, etc.

when it gets into locations with political issues, it gets even trickier — ie kosovo v. kosova, Derry v. Londonderry, etc.

one suggestion, you can use the keywords field to list multiple variations for geography (also specialties, like "portraits", "news", etc. or whatever else works)

so for example, if you live in Pristina, however you decide to spell it, or whatever country you consider to be a part of you could add keywords like:

"pristina, prishtina, kosovo, kosova, yugoslavia, serbia, greater albania, FYR,FRY, balkans, southern europe", etc…

hope that helps.

by teru kuwayama at 2005-11-24 04:09:01 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) NYC , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hey Teru, Happy Thanksgiving from Bill Clinton Boulevard…(Pristina/Prishtina, Kosovo/Kosova)

by balazs gardi | 24 Nov 2005 23:11 | Prishtina, Kosovo | | Report spam→
what, no GPS coordinates?


by teru kuwayama | 27 Nov 2005 08:11 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
ah, sorry…
N  42°23.466’
E 021°09.591’


by balazs gardi | 28 Nov 2005 02:11 | Prishtina, Kosovo | | Report spam→
easy way to get around the uppercase/lowercase is to change the search item and the dbase entry both to uppercase. in SQL that can be done using the UCASE = UCASE

Hope it will help to get rid of one problem,

by Emiel Elgersma | 29 Nov 2005 05:11 | Utrecht, Netherlands | | Report spam→
If it is an option… a fuzzy search – that allows misspelled words to lead to a list of places spelled correctly, would be great :)

For some inspiration, take a look at http://yammi.sourceforge.net/
(look under screenshots, first image and its description)

by Harshad Sharma | 29 Nov 2005 15:11 | Ahmednagar, India | | Report spam→

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