A retrieval mechanism for semi-structured photographic collections

  • Joemon M. Jose
  • David J. Harper
Multimedia Databases

DOI: 10.1007/BFb0022038

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1308)
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Jose J.M., Harper D.J. (1997) A retrieval mechanism for semi-structured photographic collections. In: Hameurlain A., Tjoa A.M. (eds) Database and Expert Systems Applications. DEXA 1997. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 1308. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

In this paper, a new approach for retrieval from semi-structured photographic collections is described. We have developed a retrieval model based on the Dempster-Shafer theory of evidence combination. Basic concepts of the Dempster-Shafer theory are explained and the suitability of this theory for information retrieval is explored. A retrieval model for a semi-structured photographic collection is presented. Extensibility of this retrieval model for multimedia information retrieval is discussed. Integration of database and information retrieval concepts is a major requirement for semi-structured multimedia information retrieval and is accomplished in this model. A novel indexing scheme for photographic materials is described. We use spatial features, which are objects and their location, as photographic features. We have developed a multi-modal query interface for querying a photographic collection. A prototype system, Epic, has been implemented and is described in this paper.

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© Springer-Verlag 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joemon M. Jose
    • 1
  • David J. Harper
    • 1
  1. 1.The Robert Gordon UniversityAberdeenUK

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