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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.
|Title of host publication||Multimedia Storage and Archiving Systems III|
|Editors||C.-C. Jay Kuo, Shih-Fu Chang, Sethuraman Panchanathan|
|Place of Publication||Boston, MA, USA|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Nov 1998|
|Event||Photonics East (ISAM, VVDC, IEMB) 1998 - Boston, United States|
Duration: 1 Nov 1998 → 6 Nov 1998
|Name||Proceedings of SPIE|
|Conference||Photonics East (ISAM, VVDC, IEMB) 1998|
|Period||1/11/98 → 6/11/98|
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