Posted Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:42AM
I have been diligently DAing my files. Istock instituted some new changes to the DA again in the last day or two. I was DAing a photo of a black-crowned night heron, Nycticorax nycticorax. Istock does not recognize the scientific name. Before it would list it in the DAed words anyway. Now it gives a triangle with an exclamation mark in it and THROWS OUT the scientific name. Istock also does not recongize black-crowned night heron or night heron so I am left with a photo that is simply keyed heron -- useless as this bird does not look like a great white or blue heron.
Furthermore, I am concerned that since the DA converts scientific names to common names (the one of their choice out of possibly hundreds of common names for a plant or animal worldwide) that istock photos will no longer be found by scientific name searches in engines such a Google. If so, this will definately hurt sales.
Would it be possible for istock to include a separate place for scientific name for files with a plant or animal keyword? There is no way istock will ever be able to include all scientific names in its DA list.
Posted Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:47AM
I don't think it is THROWING OUT anything. My understanding is that is just a warning that it is not a recognized phrase. When I search that term using quotes I get 3 results (none yours) and the top of the page says "black crowned night heron". It must be recognizing it on some level.
Posted Thu Dec 21, 2006 12:34PM
This has only started with files modified in the last couple of days. When I change the scientific name from two separate keywords to a phrase containing both parts of the binomial name, the binomial name comes up BLANK on the keywords side and not recognized on the CV side. After I save, it is not in the keywords list -- I can only assume, as you have found out with a search, that the binomial name had dissapeared.
Posted Thu Dec 21, 2006 12:56PM
Well that is weird. I highly recommend sending Keywords an email. He's very helpful.
Posted Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:00PM
Already sent an email to keywords and he and maybe a programmer are looking into it. Thanks.
Posted Thu Dec 21, 2006 3:57PM
When you type nycticorax into the search engine you still get many photos of a black-crowned night heron, so I wouldn't be worried.