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Interactive 3D Visual Retrieval for Art History Education

Gerald Benoit

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


Abstract This paper describes the architecture and the salient characteristics of a visual information retrieval sys-tem for Art History purposes. The system uses a novel form of interaction for retrieval, sustainable, interactive exploration of retrieval sets, and the types of relationships that are germane to the use of the images, beyond what information retrieval systems typically supply. There is a gap between the expression of a query and the retrieval set and the end-user’s ability to establish significance for the set members. The paper describes the architecture, interaction, and collection metadata created in response to a survey of art history student and instructors’ educa-tional needs. We argue that a 3D model provides visually-oriented people with a way to comprehend large datasets and, through the interactive control panel and additional graphics, identify facets of value by experts in the field and for local needs.

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