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(ICT Results via Science Daily, 27 August 2009) -- Innovative software developed in Europe that makes it easier to organise, search and navigate collections of digital images will soon be available to media agencies, photographers and, potentially, anyone trying to keep up with photo-happy Facebook or Flickr friends. The ImageNotion software, which is expected to go on sale next year, takes a user-friendly approach to semantic image annotation and search, a technology that links the content of photos to concepts so as to make the images understandable by computers. Such systems have typically required end users to use a manually developed ontology – a lexicon of predefined concepts used to assign machine-readable semantic meaning to information – and then train the software to correctly annotate different images. For example, an apple would need to be defined in an ontology for fruit and then photos of apple trees could be tagged as such.
The ImageNotion system strips away much of that complexity for the end user, combining semantic annotation with a variety of other technologies, from text mining and object recognition to face detection and face identification, in order to permit many more images to be accurately annotated with little or no user intervention. ... The software is currently being tested by the French photo agency Photo12 and the Italian State Library of Modern and Contemporary History, both IMAGINATION project partners, as well as by several German photographers. A web-based beta version is also available for testing on the website of ImageNotion Ltd., a spinoff company set up by some project members to start commercialising the software.
“We are currently refining the software, but we hope to be ready to start selling it as a stand-alone or web-based product next year. First, we will target professional users, primarily photo agencies, archives and libraries who need a quicker and easier way to annotate and find images, then we will look to provide it as a software service for individual photographers and, finally, as an embedded application, which could be used on other websites such as Facebook or Flickr,” Nagypal explains.
There was a bunch of serendipity with this one. The light and the lights were unexpected and contrasted nicely with the grey/blueness of the day and the scene.
I've cut behind the Captain Martin House before and since. The wide-angle view in this picture suggests more space between the camera and the porch railing than is actually the case.
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S. and I walked around the college the other day to stretch our legs a bit. Upon our return, S. spotted the waxwing in a tree. With the not-so-lovely digital zoom, the G10 was able to catch it. This is cropped quite a bit from the original image.
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Or how I started an Art project with some stacking chairs, a colour printer, a small red dot and a bit of tape.
The chairs made me take their picture. The picture of the chairs looked like a picture of some sort of high-end installation. So I made up the card. Then, to be sure I could share the joke (the chairs and such being in a bit of an out-of-the-way place), I took their picture and found an art critic:
Then, someone suggested involving more than just my pod. The flyer version was the result. I urge others who see Art in Everyday Life to join in the fun! If you make one, send it along to me and I'll post it here.
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