During our class on ‘Deep Search’ we have been introduced to boolean syntax – a series of words and symbols, which enable you to perform far more specific and accurate online searches. A few examples of the boolean syntax we have been using are the words ‘AND’ and ‘OR’, exact phrases in “” (quotes), the – (minus) symbol (which excludes a word when preceding it), ‘filetype:’ (which searches only for a specified file type), and ‘site:’ (which confines a search only to the specified site). All of these can be combined to make incredibly specific searches, such as small AND bird -robin site:www.bbc.co.uk.

We were then tasked with finding a few more course-related resources, which talk about deconstructing photographic images. Below are the boolean searches I made and the results I came out with:

Search “semiotic analysis OR deconstructing images” returned:www.aber.ac.uk/media/Students/pmc9601

Search “deconstructing photographs AND articles” returned:
www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/deconstruction

Search “deconstructing photographs” returned:
www.bestlibrary.org/ssmedia/2009/10/deconstructing-photographs

Search “deconstructing Duane Michals AND articles” returned:
www.shutterbug.com/content/duane-michalsbrgetting-heart-wry-eye

Search “Semiotic analysis AND deconstructing photographs” returned: www.aber.ac.uk/media/Documents/S4B/sem06

I am reasonably happy with how today’s class has gone. I knew a small amount about boolean syntax prior to the lesson due to my knowledge of computers, but I have definitely added a few to my repetoire, such as the ‘filetype:’ and ‘site:’ search techniques. Another tool I discovered during the class is the drag and drop image search when using Google chrome. When on Google images you can drag any image up to the search box and Google will find different sizes of the same image, as well as similar images, based on colour and look of the image. It’s a really interesting thing to play around with, and I imagine that it’ll come in very handy for curation at some point.

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