This news item from the BBC caught my eye: System ‘spots multimedia content’.
It mentions working being done on the development of a computer-based software that will automatically create meta-data tags for digital images based on the clustering of pixels in the image.
Excerpt from the article:
“A smart system that can recognise and label the content in photos and videos is being developed by researchers.
They believe it will help people to organise, find and share the mass of multimedia data being generated by cameras, camcorders and phones…
Currently, tags for pictures and films need to be added manually, and as the multimedia data we generate increases apace, this can be time-consuming.
“People don’t want to have to spend time managing their content manually, they just want to be able to view it whenever and however they want,” said Dr Hobson.
“For that to happen, multimedia content needs to become intelligent.”
Given the difficulty developers have had in designing a programme that can create meta-data from text-based content, I’m a little sceptical about the ability to automate meta-data based on visual content of image files!