Supporting Student Collaboration for Image Indexing

  • Palakorn Achananuparp
  • Katherine W. McCain
  • Robert B. Allen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4822)


We describe the Image Tagger system – a web-based tool for supporting collaborative image indexing by students. The tool has been used in three successive graduate-level classes on content representation. To fully satisfy the class’ requirements and provide support for student indexing activities, it was designed and developed iteratively in accordance with the feedback and suggestions from the students as well as the instructor. The tool was well received by most students. They expressed a positive opinion toward collaboration support and thought it enhanced the overall learning experience in the class’ image indexing project.


Collaboration Digital Library Education Image Indexing Metadata Repositories User Interfaces 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Achananuparp, P., Allen, R.B.: Developing a Student-Friendly Repository for Teaching Principles of Repository Management, DigCCurr Symposium. Chapel Hill, NC (2007)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
  3. 3.
  4. 4.
    Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Thesaurus for Graphic Materials, Cataloging Distribution Service, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C (1995)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Jörgensen, C.: A conceptual framework and empirical research for classifying visual descriptors. JASIS 52(11), 938–947 (2001)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Jörgensen, C.: Image Retrieval: Theory and Research. Scarecrow Press, Lanham, MD (2003)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Leininger, K.: Inter-indexer consistency in PsychINFO. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 32(1), 4–8 (2000)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Marias, H., Bharat, K.: Supporting cooperative and personal surfing with a desktop assistant. In: UIST 1997. Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, pp. 129–138. ACM Press, New York (1997)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Peterson, E.: Beneath the metadata: Some philosophical problems with Folksonomies. DLIB Magazine (November 2006)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Rolling, L.: Indexing consistency, quality and efficiency. Information Processing and Management 17, 69–76 (1981)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Shroeter, R., Hunter, J., Kosovic, D.: Vannotea - A collaborative video indexing, annotation, and discussion system for broadband networks. In: K-CAP, Workshop on Knowledge Markup and Semantic Annotation (2004)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Palakorn Achananuparp
    • 1
  • Katherine W. McCain
    • 1
  • Robert B. Allen
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University 

Personalised recommendations