With the increasing popularity of the WWW, the main challenge in computer science has become content-based retrieval of multimedia objects. Access to multimedia objects in databases has long been limited to the information provided in manually assigned keywords. Now, with the integration of feature-detection algorithms in database systems software, content-based retrieval can be fully integrated with query processing. We describe our experimentation platform under development, making database technology available to multimedia. Our approach is based on the new notion of feature databases. Its architecture fully integrates traditional query processing and content-based retrieval techniques.

Ohmsha, Ltd
New Generation Computing
Database Architectures

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