Lightroom Classic CC: Keywords description

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It would be really nice to be able to add a general description for every of our keywords. As an example, for a person (as a Keyword), it would be nice to put free form text like the date of birth and death, for a specific historical monument, some basic history, etc.
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There are master lists of Controlled Vocabulary which include lists like National Historical Monuments, National Parks, Forests, etc.  These are applied as keywords.  (You can create your own; Wikipedia is a great source of lists which one can copy and paste into a spreadsheet, edit, and then paste into a text editor to convert into a hierarchial text file which is then imported as a keyword list into LR.)

However, something like the date of birth or death would be extremely clumsy to implement as a keyword, and the ability to add a free-text note which LR could apply as metadata would be nice.  I shoot a lot of models, and I keyword the location of the shoot (studio, town, county, state, country), their birthplace (town, county, state, country), their physical attributes, their clothing (if they're wearing any!), and aspects of the shoot such as props, furniture, type of room, indoors, outdoors, etc.

I always thought it would be great to be able to add their age at the time of the shoot.  I typically have their birthdate in my notes, but not as a keyword.  Therefore, I have no east way to sort my models by their age at the time of the shoot (whiochmany of the glamour publications demand to know beforehand).

Good suggestion.
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"It would be really nice to be able to add a general description for every of our keywords."

I would like that too.  The Photoshop Elements Organizer let you do that (or least version 8 did eight years ago.) My Any Tag plugin lets you attach text notes to keywords.
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"I always thought it would be great to be able to add their age at the time of the shoot.  I typically have their birthdate in my notes, but not as a keyword.  Therefore, I have no east way to sort my models by their age at the time of the shoot"

The IPTC Extension fields in the Metadata panel have two fields for representing the model's age, Age and Minor Model Age Disclosure.
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I knew this, and use it, but it offers no help as to what her age was at the time of the shoot, and the drop-down below is nowhere specific enough.
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The IPTC standard intends that Model Age and Minor Model Age Disclosure contain the age at the time the photo was taken. Model Age allows an arbitrary age to be entered:

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Right.  There are two problems with this.  First, models lie about their age, especially when they get into their 30s.  LOL.  (If you don't know this, then you may have never met a woman except for your mother.)

Asking them for their ID is almost always a nonstarter when working with models who work to Continental or Adult levels. They are generally using a stage name and are often reluctant to show their ID with their real name and address unless or until they have developed a working relationship with the photographer.  Trust is paramount.

Second, if one knows their birthdate, then this could be interpolated automatically (which the IPTC or LR cannot do).  An automatic calculation would also be helpful if one wanted to sort for models who are now 32, or who were 32 at the time of the shoot.

All the IPTC field is intended for is to ensure that one is not shooting a model who is underage.  It's really not helpful for any sort of dynamic keywording.
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Not enough specificity there...
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