CultureCam: An interactive search tool for small image galleries

Sergiu Gordea*, Michela Vignoli, Sanna Marttila

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    As a result of digitization initiatives in recent years, most galleries hold digital copies of their masterpieces. In order to attract more visitors, public galleries are interested in advertising their content on websites and tourist-centric applications deployed in public spaces. The online version of CultureCam has the goal of stimulating the reuse of cultural heritage content by creative designers. In this paper, we present the Interactive Installation version of CultureCam tool, which has the goal of attracting the interest of public users when exploring public galleries. It concentrates on enhancing the user experience, by offering access to the images in an immersive environment, using an intuitive, easy-to-use tool that supports touch free interaction with the gallery content. A novel image similarity search algorithm was developed in order to adapt to user expectations when searching in small image datasets. The user feedback collected from exhibitions in different European cities indicates a very high acceptance of the CultureCam tool by the public. The intuitive and seamless interaction with the tool, as well as the automation and enhancement of the search algorithm are the main improvements over the previous version of CultureCam.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDigital Heritage
    Subtitle of host publicationProgress in Cultural Heritage: Documentation, Preservation, and Protection - 6th International Conference, EuroMed 2016, Proceedings
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Conference on Digital Heritage - Nicosia, Cyprus
    Duration: 29 Oct 20183 Nov 2018
    Conference number: 7

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume10058 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Digital Heritage
    Abbreviated titleEuroMed
    Internet address


    • Cultural heritage
    • CultureCam
    • Interactive exploration
    • Similarity search
    • User experience


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