Exploring image databases at the tip of your fingers

Gerald Schaefer, Matthew Fox, William Plant, Matthew Stuttard

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Visual information is becoming increasingly important and tools to manage repositories of media collections are highly sought after. In this paper, we focus on image databases and on how to effectively and efficiently access these. In particular, we present effective image browsing systems that are operated on a large multi-touch environment for truly interactive exploration. Not only do image browsers pose a useful alternative to retrieval-based systems, they also provide a visualisation of the whole image collection and let users explore particular parts of the collection. Our systems are based on the idea that visually similar images are located close to each other in the visualisation, that image thumbnails are arranged on a regular lattice (either a regular grid projected on a sphere or a hexagonal lattice), and that large image datasets can be accessed through a hierarchical tree structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1951-1960
Number of pages10
JournalInformation-An International Interdisciplinary Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014


  • content-based image retrieval
  • image browsing
  • image databases
  • multi-touch gestures


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