In addition, contributing journalists and editors often want to select images for their publications themselves. However, it was impossible to provide them access to the image bank. A new system was required.
The situation was even more complicated because parts of the archive were stored on external hard drives that could only be accessed by two employees. Sometimes images were needed outside the photo editors's working hours, so they had to spend their free time on it.
It was important that the issue of image availability was resolved for other departments and that the search process was made faster. Therefore, the main goals of image bank implementation were:
- to reduce the time that photography department employees spent on routine operations, such as searching and selecting images,
- to make images available for authors and journalists,
- to enrich archive metadata by adding descriptions and face recognition. This increases media data value.