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PHOTOGRAPH fact as shared fact

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#1 Philip McManus

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 09:37 AM

I am getting ready to allow a custom fact type (PHOTOGRAPH) that I have in my database to be shared with roles. It already has an attached media image file. I was toying with the idea of either adding in photo physical description information as roles or just having a standard format and put that under the description. Here are the pieces that of information that I have as basic information. For the older types I have a couple more.

PICTURE CODE (the file name of the media image file if I have one)
ORIGINAL ALBUM OWNER (If came from album, good to group photos from the older type albums)
Handwriting (Original) (versus other informaiton obviously added at a later date, such as identifying marks on a museum owned photograph)
PROVENANCE (could go as source)
PROVENANCE ID (could go as source id)
SITTERS (people in photograph other than main person? Could I add as main fact holder as sitter and not use their fact information in the sentence)

Any ideas? I have over 100 family photos I would like to do this to.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:30 PM

That is a great idea!

After reading your post, I did a drag and drop into a new trial database of a family for which I have several group photos to try this out. I always suggest making a Play database to try thing like this in before changing a main database.

Be aware, the linked media for a shared fact will only print in a Scrapbook for the Principal person. Show usage will also show only the media link for a shared fact to the Principal.

For the shared persons, the media will need to be linked to their name to be printed in a Scrapbook for them or show on Show usage.

This is what I did as a quick trial. I'll play with it some more I'm sure.

I created a User defined fact, !Photo shared.

The date, place, and description are enabled.
Principal sentence: [person] <, age [person:Age:Plain],> was included in a photograph< of [Desc]>< [Date]>< [PlaceDetails]>< [Place]>.

Sitter role sentence: [Thisperson] <, age [person:Age:Plain],> was included in a photograph< of [Desc]>< [Date]>< [PlaceDetails]>< [Place]>.

I've not gotten the sentences quite perfected to read correctly when a date, place details or place are not entered. This might require using the switches which I haven't gotten into very deeply yet.

Date: 1 Jan 1954
Place: Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Place Details: John Smith's home
Description: the John & Jane Smith family

Note: contains information for photo including the description which looks like this.
Standing: James Smith, Rhonda Smith, Mary Smith, John Smith, Jr.
Sitting: John Smith, Sr., Jane Smith

I shared the fact with the wife and children, putting " [Standing: James Smith, Rhonda Smith, Mary Smith, John Smith, Jr.]" in each of the Children's shared notes as they were standing.

I put " [Sitting: John Smith, Sr., Jane Smith]" in the wife's shared note.

James Smith's sentence reads in the Narrative report as: James, age 22, was included in a photograph of the John & Jane Smith family on 1 January 1954 at John Smith's home in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. [Standing: James Smith, Rhonda Smith, Mary Smith, John Smith, Jr.]