The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) 2017 Conference in The Vatican is intended for a wide range of participants and interested parties, including digital image repository managers, content curators, software developers, scholars, and administrators at libraries, museums, cultural heritage institutions, software firms, and other organizations working with digital images and audio/visual materials. The conference will consist of two events with separate registration:

All proceedings will be in English. 

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Friday, June 9 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
PRESENTATION: Distributed document image analysis (Room 3)

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Google has revolutionized the world of large-scale digital libraries by providing page-level content analysis, through the use of optical character recognition, giving users the ability to search for, and retrieve individual page images. However, the Google approach, and similar efforts, has required direct access to and hosting of the digital images, which requires expensive data storage and management solutions. In this talk we will describe our efforts at building distributed document image analysis systems. This approach uses the IIIF Image API as a means of accessing and retrieving remote images from several institutions, then applying document recognition techniques, such as optical character recognition, to them. The results of these processes are stored in search and retrieval systems, while the IIIF Image URL is used as the locator for these images. These retrieval systems are then capable of performing content-based search on the collections, while the IIIF Image URL is used to retrieve, from the host institution, the original image. With this approach, the intellectual contents of image collections across institutions can be brought together in purpose-built retrieval systems. Use cases include optical character recognition, but could also include manuscript illumination identification, scribal identification, woodcut similarity, or any number of other image analysis techniques. Using distributed document image recognition, bespoke search engines for institutional collections can be made and supported by third parties, giving broader cross-institutional content-level access to collections.

Friday June 9, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum - Room 3 Via Paolo VI, 25 - 00193 Roma

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