The University of Missouri uses MerlinOne as a Digital Asset Management system (DAM) to host campus and event photography. The file naming conventions, keywords and collections outlined here are a helpful resource when searching for photos.
If you have searched MerlinOne and are needing photography of a specific area or event, please fill out the request form and a Mizzou Visual Productions will be in touch.
This is the file naming convention used by Mizzou Visual Productions. We recommend using this convention to name photo files before uploading to MerlinOne.
20230103 = The date of the photo = January 3, 2023
CMS-Columns = Category and subject line, search term (or person’s name)
SEO = photographer initials (Samuel Edward O’Keefe)
0005 = Sequence number
CMS: Campus Beauty
DC: Disability Center
DOS: Dean of Students (families)
FSL: Fraternity Sorority Life
HWB: Student Health and Wellbeing
OSE: Office of Student Engagement
CAPB: Campus Activities Programming Board
RL: Residential Life
SA: Student Affairs
Internal Communications (Operations)
OPS: Operations (Internal Communications)
CDS: Campus Dining Services
TMS: The Mizzou Store
Joint Office of Strategic Communication & Messaging
SMM: Show Me Mizzou storytelling
MM: Mizzou Magazine
MVP: Mizzou Visual Productions
BTS: Behind the Scenes
AS: College of Arts and Science
BIZ: College of Business
CAFNR: College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
CHS: College of Health Sciences
EHD: College of Education and Human Development
ENG: College of Engineering
GRD: Graduate School
HC: Honors College
JOUR: School of Journalism
LAW: School of Law
MED: School of Medicine
NURS: School of Nursing
TAM: Department of Textile and Apparel Management
VET: College of Veterinary Medicine
When using the search field in MerlinOne, these examples will help narrow down the search to the photos you are looking for.
AND is the presumed operator. It is used even if it is not specified. It combines search criteria to narrow down a search.
Jesse Hall AND exterior
This will return exterior photos of Jesse Hall
Jesse Hall AND interior
This will return photos taken inside Jesse Hall
OR broadens the search. Merlin evaluates the OR clause first, regardless of its placement in the string, unless parentheses are used. Or may be used in both full text and field specific for advanced searches.
Example: Columns OR fall
NOT excludes records with the specified criteria and may be used in both full text or IPTC fields for advanced searches.
Example: Jesse Hall NOT interior, People NOT portraits
LIKE is the fuzzy or “sounds like” operator.
Examples: like student
NEAR is used to search for words that appear within a given proximity. The default threshold is eight words, however a numeric operator may be applied to narrow or broaden the proximity.
Examples: Student near columns, or Student near 5 arts
THEN is the ordered search operator. Words appear in a particular order.
Example: Undergraduate THEN science
ATLEAST is used to only show objects where the search term appears at least a specified number of times.
Example: Atleast 3 study
Use quote marks to denote an exact phrase to be searched.
Examples: “Tiger Walk”, or “Homecoming Parade”
To turn off photography labeled as stock, follow these steps:
Click on “Please choose a field”
From the drop down menu, choose “Stock Photo”
Change the radial button from ‘yes’ to ‘no’
Nomad is an AI visual search. It can be helpful with finding photos based off of visual keywords.
MU (Nomad will look for the letters MU in photos)
Mizzou Keywords & Thesaurus
This list of commonly used keywords can be used to help you search for specific areas of photography in MerlinOne.
Campus Beauty (or search CMS)
Clubs (student organizations)
Commencement (the formal ceremonies)
Dining (students eating)
Exterior (campus building “mugshot”)
Faculty (working with student)
Graduate (a graduate student)
Student life (generic students doing things)
Specific names of Events will be included in ALL photographs whether in the filename or caption/description. This is not comprehensive, but a sample of events you can expect to see tagged.
State of the University
Specific names of Schools/Colleges will be included in ALL photographs. This is not comprehensive, but an overview of areas already tagged. These will be included in the filenames of the photographs as shortened codes.
Arts & Science
Hospital & Clinics
Human Environmental Sciences Journalism
Specific names of buildings and areas on campus will be included as keywords on ALL photographs. This is not comprehensive, but an overview of popular areas.
Academic Buildings, Campus Facilities, Areas
Bond Life Sciences Center
Center for Student Involvement
David R. Francis Quadrangle
Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
LGBTQ Resource Center
Mizzou Student Media
MURR (Nuclear Research Reactor)
NextGen Precision Health
Sinquefield Music Center
Student Health Center
Student Success Center
Virginia Avenue Amphitheater
Wellness Resource Center
Rollins Dining Hall
To help narrow down the type of people images you are looking for, please use the following keywords:
Standard images of faculty, staff and students usually shot in a studio
Images of faculty, staff and students in a storytelling environment
Collections are an alternate way of finding photos. Instead of using the search feature in MerlinOne, the collections are curated folders of Mizzou photography. This is a great way to find photos of campus beauty, popular events and academic areas.