U.S. Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


Date of this Version

January 2004


Photographic images are valuable assets in wildlife damage management research. Photographs are used in ~resentation.s ~.. u bublicationsw, ehsites. and wsters to illustrate dama-ge mblems. the mcies involved and management solutions. & - 'However, organizing phot&aphic &llecions is time consuming, requires special storage, and locating individual images becomes difficult as collections grow. This article demonstrates the USDA Wildlife Senices Image Collection Database and describes the steps taken in creatingthe database, scanning the images, developing a conwolled vocabulary and metadata, and Internet search screens. The database allows users to search by keyword, +lay search results, and download selected images hectly into Powerpoint to create presentations. Plans for future additions to the database are also discussed, and recommendations on organizing individual image collections are listed.