Words, words. They’re all we have to go on: Image finding without the pictures.
This paper describes a Recommendation System to help photographic historians make connections between widely dispersed and previously unrelated records of photographs held in different heritage institutions, and demonstrates how it has been used to rediscover images of exhibits from the Royal Photographic Society annual exhibitions of over 120 years ago. While the surviving exhibition catalogues are a rich information source, they are largely devoid of illustrations of the exhibits. The FuzzyPhoto project has developed techniques for analyzing a corpus of more than 1.4 million historical photographic records across different galleries, libraries, archives and museums, in order to identify similarities between them and used the results to offer visitors to those sites links to potentially related items at other sites, thus creating a web of interconnections between them. The paper describes techniques used for data acquisition, cleaning, integration, semantic-based data mining, approximate reasoning and fuzzy algorithm-based similarity metrics. It compares the approach described here with manual searches and more sophisticated computational methods such as linked data and concludes that FuzzyPhoto is an effective method for dealing with the realities of messy collection records that could be extended to other types of archival objects such as paintings, maps, textiles, etc. where record matching is required.
The paper is an output of the FuzzyPhoto project carried out in collaboration with the Centre for Computational Intelligence, Faculty of Technology, DMU. The file attached is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities following peer review. The version of record is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqv018
Citation : Brown, S. (2015) Words, words. They’re all we have to go on: Image finding without the pictures. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. 31 (4), pp. 671-688
Research Group : Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC)
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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