I'm just an amateur but I regularly get asked about if I have a photo from event X, of person Y, etc. Unfortunately I haven't really organized my photos for this but more for offloading photos from my laptop and keep them safe (described here http://mostrom.eu/blog/2012/08/07/my-photo-archiving-and-backup-solution/).
But I've started to plan for how to make it easier for me do find specific photos easily. My plan is to use keywords and keyword-search. But I'm unsure of how to do this.
I could for example use a service like flickr, smugmug which allows easily allow keyword search … but how permanent will such a solution be? Will flickr, smugmug, etc be around in 5 years, 10 years?
Or I could build up this locally, for example by storing jpegs (I don't know if it's necessary to save RAW files in a library like this, I will keep them in my Aperture libraries) and then use some software for searching. Possible programs are Aperture, Media Pro, Lyn, etc.
I'm a bit confused on how to handle this and if someone of you have advise on how to handle this I would really appreciate to hear your suggestions.
(a possible complication is that Swedish uses letters like åäö which Aperture encodes properly … but in a 'non-standard' way which sometimes makes it difficult to search, for example entering 'måne' in a search field doesn't find the keyword 'måne' since they have different encodings in utf-8)