What is tagging? See answer
Tagging involves choosing your own words to describe what can be seen in a selection of paintings and classifying paintings in a variety of ways.
Why do these paintings need tagging? See answer
Your Paintings Tagger is part of a project run by the Public Catalogue Foundation and the BBC to put all 200,000 publicly owned oil paintings online on the Your Paintings website. Currently we have only basic information about each painting such as title, artist, and execution date. We have no information about the type of painting, the subjects portrayed in the paintings and the styles and movements represented. Tagging each painting will provide this information enabling Your Paintings to be searched by users in a more sophisticated and helpful manner. Without this extra information it will be very difficult to search Your Paintings effectively.
How does it work? See answer
Each painting will be tagged many times by members of the public, and algorithms behind the scenes will calculate which tags are likely to be the most accurate. These tags will then be fed through to the Your Paintings website. The algorithms have been created for the Public Catalogue Foundation by the Citizen Science Alliance based at the Astrophysics Department at the University of Oxford, with input from the Art History Department at the University of Glasgow.
What happens if I make a mistake? See answer
Don′t worry if you feel you have made a mistake. Many people will tag each painting and only the tags that the algorithm calculates are most likely to be the best answer will be used on the final Your Paintings website.
How do I select and change which collections I tag? See answer
Once you’re logged in, go to ‘Edit profile’ at the top right of the screen. On the left you can click the drop down arrows beside each Country to reveal lists of Counties, you can then click the newly revealed drop down arrows to show the collections within those Counties. Use the tickboxes on the left to select and deselect what you want to tag. Ticking a Country’s tickbox selects all Counties and collections within it. Clicking a County’s tickbox selects all collections within that County. Unticking a Country’s tickbox deselects all Counties and collections within it. Unticking a County’s tickbox deselects all collections within that County.
For example, if you want to tag everything in Northern Ireland, just click the tickbox beside ‘Northern Ireland’ and this will automatically choose all of the Counties and collections within it.
Alternatively, if you just want to tag specific collections in Northern Ireland, you can ‘untick’ the box beside ‘Northern Ireland’ to deselect all Counties and collections, then go through and individually tick the particular Counties or Collections you're interested in.
Remember to click the ‘update’ button once you’re done to save your preferences.
I can’t find a certain collection that I want to tag See answer
Your Paintings Tagger has been in operation since June 2011, so a number of collections may already have had all of their paintings completely Tagged.
I’ve Tagged a collection’s paintings but the number of paintings ‘left to tag’ hasn’t changed See answer
Each painting needs to be Tagged by a number of different people before it is removed from the system. Once you have added your tags to a painting, they are stored and you are not shown the painting again. However, these paintings are still in the system to be worked on by other Taggers.
Do I need to know anything about art? See answer
No knowledge of art or art history is needed. Instead, all we ask is that you look carefully at the paintings and tell us what you see.
Why are there separate steps for Things, People, Places and Events? See answer
These have been separated out mainly because we are using different ‘controlled vocabularies’. For Things the list of words, which appears when you start typing, is provided by the company that produces Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press. For People, Places and Events we are using the database of words that sits behind Wikipedia.
Can I record more than one entry under each of Things, People, Places and Events? See answer
Yes, please record as many entries as is appropriate, entering them one at a time.
What happens if my chosen word or name is not on the drop down list? See answer
Please follow the message at the bottom of the drop down box of names to dispense with this box of suggestions. Then type in (in full) the word you want to input and click Enter.
What if I find a particular painting too difficult to tag? See answer
If you do not wish to tag a painting that is presented to you or you find it a bit problematic, then simply click the Next painting button at the bottom of the screen.
Should I enter singular or plural tags in the "Things" section? See answer
All tags should be entered in the singular form. Our systems will use one single term to cover both singular and plural words.
Why don’t my tags instantly appear on the Your Paintings website? See answer
Each painting needs to be fully tagged by a number of people before it can be counted as ‘complete’. Once a painting has been completed, it is removed from Tagger and loaded into our database, then uploaded to Your Paintings at scheduled intervals throughout the year.
I am being logged out, what can I do? See answer
Please try deleting the cookies from your browser. The cookie is the small file in your browser that keeps you logged in to a site, so deleting these and re-entering the Tagger can help in this case. As each browser is different, please search in the “Help” section of your web browser for instructions on how to do this.
If this does not help, please try using an alternative web browser.
If I have a question that does not have an answer on these pages how do I contact you? See answer
Please email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org