Exploring Naming Behavior in Personal Digital Image Collections: the Iconology and Language Games of Pinterest Metadata

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  • Main Title Exploring Naming Behavior in Personal Digital Image Collections: the Iconology and Language Games of Pinterest


  • Author: Sutcliffe, Tami
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: O’Connor, Brian C.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Schamber, Linda
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Miksa, Shawne D., 1969-
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
    Additional Info: www.unt.edu


  • Creation: 2014-12


  • English


  • Content Description: As non-institutional digital image collections expand into social media, independent non-professional image curators are emerging, actively constructing alternative naming conventions to suit their needs in a social collecting environment. This project considers how independent user-curators are developing particular sense-making behaviors as they actively contribute names to large, unstructured social image collections. In order to capture and explore this evolving language adaptation, Pinterest names are analyzed using a matrix composed of Panofsky’s three strata of subject matter, Rosch’s levels of categorical abstraction, Shatford Layne’s image attributes and Wittgenstein’s language game constructions. Analyzing Pinterest image names illuminates previously unnoticed behaviors by independent user-curators as they create shared collections. Exploring the various language choices which user-curators select as they apply this new curating vocabulary helps identify underlying user needs not apparent in traditionally curated collections restricted to traditional naming conventions.
  • Physical Description: ix, 178 pages : illustrations (chiefly color)


  • Keyword: Pinterest
  • Keyword: naming
  • Keyword: behavior
  • Keyword: iconology
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Digital images.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Picture archiving and communication systems.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Information retrieval -- Social aspects.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: User-generated content.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Pinterest.


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights Holder: Sutcliffe, Tami
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc699943


  • Academic Department: Department of Library and Information Sciences
  • Degree Discipline: Information Science
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas
  • Degree Publication Type: disse