Leading to Cultural Resources Through Visuals: An Image Retrieval System and On-site Information Approach

By Momoko Hayashi and Kiyofumi Motoyama.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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In this article we discuss the use of visuals as a means to lead visitors to university cultural resources. As an “open university” to the community is being expected, the Campus Museum has been developed at Nagoya University. This service offers visitors information on cultural resources, such as architecture, landscape, art and design, and research documents, on campus.
However it does not necessarily provide visual effectiveness. With the motive of the Campus Museum concept, we propose a system to lead visitors to cultural resources using a portable digital device and image retrieval.
The image retrieval system uses a content based technique, which is based on visual similarity such as shape and color. While walking around the university visitors can search cultural resource of objects that draw their attention by searching for its shape and color in the digital device. If they find interesting information, the system guides them to those objects by providing a positional map. The visitor can go and observe the existent cultural resources in person. Through this experience visitors are encouraged to have an interest in visuals and visual education would be enhanced at the university.

Keywords: Image Retrieval, Campus Museum, Information Design, Visual Education

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.81-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.571MB).

Momoko Hayashi

Nagoya University Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

Prof. Kiyofumi Motoyama

Nagoya University Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan


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