Keyword Searching in the Browser
Published: 24 November 2014Browser image searching tool has a powerful keyword search box.
It is fundamentally, the same as the keyword search on the main search, and supports most of the same syntax.
This article attempts to document the difference.
Note, the 'Browser index' is also used by the simplified 'Photos of' interface, the Groups By tester, and the coverage layer. (and a few other experimental tools)
~ operator does not work in the browser
[...] tag syntax is only partly supported, not recommended to use, use tags:bridge instead
Field Start/End modifiers, don't work on Tags/Contexts etc (any field name ending in 's')
The browser index has its own list of available search fields.
Can use 'field syntax' to limit keywords to a specific field. If specify field name followed by colon, ALL keys after that (or until another specifier!), will only match specific field.
eg [ bridge title: canal liverpool] will look for 'bridge' in ANY field. But 'canal' and 'liverpool' needs to be in the image title.
This is a full reference list: (some are intended for internal use, so not easy to use)
... also many of these fields are specifically to power the 'attribute sidebars'. So filtering by say "format" might be easier using the sidebar filters, but for all other fields can use the keywords box, and these names:-
|title:||The main image title||title:bridge|
|desc:||The description text (note, does NOT include shared descriptions)||desc:the|
|name:||The full photographer/contributor name||name:John Smith|
|day:||The day the photo was taken, format YYYYMMDD||day:20120523|
|month:||The month and year the photo was taken, format YYYYMM||month:201204|
|year:||The year the photo was taken, format YYYY||year:2001|
|decade:||The decade the photo was taken, format 2010s (always ends in 0s)||decade:1990s|
|monthname:||The month the photo was taken, format April (the full english month name)||monthname:September|
|myriad:||The 100km square the image was taken in, as jsut the gridletter(s)||myriad:NT|
|hectad:||The 10km square the image was taken in, as 2 figure grid reference||hectad:SH55|
|gridref:||The 1km square the image was taken in, as 3 figure grid reference||gridref:TQ7040|
|category:||The legacy image category||category:ford|
|subject:||The selected Primary Photo Subject||subject:fungi|
|contexts:||The top level Geographical Context(s)||contexts:roads|
|buckets:||The selected bucket(s) the image has been added to||buckets:aerial|
|tags:||All other tags (not context, subject or buckets) |
note, if wanting to search by tag prefix, dont enter the :, eg to search the tag [ river:Arthog ], you need to enter tags: "river Arthog"
|snippets:||The titles of the shared descriptions on the image||snippets:christmas|
|wikis:||The assigned wikimedia category for the image (few images have this)||wikis:bridge|
|terms:||Important Terms extracted by computer from description||terms:canal|
|groups:||Automatically cluster labels||groups:battle|
|status:||geograph OR supplemental||status:geograph|
|types:||image type tag (geograph, supplemental, cross grid, close look, extra, aerial, inside) (unknown type are 'supplemental')||types:extra|
|distance:||The distance between subject and photographer in metres, rounded to powers of two (eg 1, 4, 16, 256, 4096)||distance:1024|
|direction:||the view direction as decimal degrees from north 0-360 in multiples of 22.5 or 'unknown'||direction:180|
|landcover:||Estimated landcover of the general area of the photo||landcover:woodland|
|county:||county of the nearby placename (if known)||country:Essex|
|country:||The full country name||country:Ireland|
|postcode:||the UK Postcode 'district' (part before space). Note not all images are marked with a postcode, generally only in or near actual settlements. Also dont have Eircodes for Ireland||postcode:EC4A|
|larger:||has a larger upload. (eg "larger:800" means has at least a 800px version, also 1024, 1600 and 3000 available)||larger:1024|
|user:||the user-id of the user who uploaded the image||user:96|
|text:||This is a special field, that searches the title, description, subject, category and "other" tags (eg NOT the shared descriptions, nor the context/type tags)||text:mushroom|
The browser and the main search, have very different fields. It has a number of fields that the main search does not.