We have begun a project to standardise metadata across all our images.

One example is how we present surnames.  Now each surname will be added twice. Firstly, by itself, for example "Atherton" and then as "surname Atherton".  The word 'surname' is also  added. This work is nearly complete.

When users search for a surname there is often 'noise' in the results with streets or places having the same name. Adding 'surname' to search will isolate just the photos they are interested in  

We are also standardising the use of plurals and adding synonyms to improve search results.

All photos of Wigan now have street names added, and that will roll out across the collection.

Although slow and unexciting work it will be worth it in the long run!

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