SIERRA – A Superimposed Application for Enhanced Image Description and Retrieval

  • Uma Murthy
  • Ricardo da S. Torres
  • Edward A. Fox
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4172)


In this demo proposal, we describe our prototype application, SIERRA, which combines text-based and content-based image retrieval and allows users to link together image content of varying document granularity with related data like annotations. To achieve this, we use the concept of superimposed information (SI), which enables users to (a) deal with information of varying granularity (sub-document to complete document), and (b) select or work with information elements at sub-document level while retaining the original context.


Digital Library Image Annotation Annotation Process Information Element Original Context 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uma Murthy
    • 1
  • Ricardo da S. Torres
    • 2
  • Edward A. Fox
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Institute of ComputingState University of CampinasCampinasBrazil

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