Database technology and the management of multimedia data in the Mirror project

Arjen P. de Vries, Henk Blanken

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Multimedia digital libraries require an open distributed architecture instead of a monolithic database system. In the Mirror project, we use the Monet extensible database kernel to manage different representation of multimedia objects. To maintain independence between content, meta-data, and the creation of meta-data, we allow distribution of data and operations using CORBA. This open architecture introduces new problems for data access. From an end user's perspective, the problem is how to search the available representations to fulfill an actual information need; the conceptual gap between human perceptual processes and the meta-data is too large. From a system's perspective, several representations of the data may semantically overlap or be irrelevant. We address these problems with an iterative query process and active user participating through relevance feedback. A retrieval model based on inference networks assists the user with query formulation. The integration of this model into the database design has two advantages. First, the user can query both the logical and the content structure of multimedia objects. Second, the use of different data models in the logical and the physical database design provides data independence and allows algebraic query optimization. We illustrate query processing with a music retrieval application.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultimedia Storage and Archiving Systems III
EditorsC.-C. Jay Kuo, Shih-Fu Chang, Sethuraman Panchanathan
Place of PublicationBoston, MA, USA
ISBN (Print)0-8194-2988-0
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 1998
EventPhotonics East (ISAM, VVDC, IEMB) 1998 - Boston, United States
Duration: 1 Nov 19986 Nov 1998

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE


ConferencePhotonics East (ISAM, VVDC, IEMB) 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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