January 21, 2022

Conference Paper: "Working Without Words – Image Based Retrieval as a Model to Overcome Language Hurdles"

The paper will be presented at the World Library and Information Congress : 77th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in San Juan on August 14, 2011.

Author: Jan Simane (Head Librarian, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut, Florence, Italy)


In art history images are the primary medium of interest. In a scientific context, multi media objects, including digital images, are represented in form of an intellectually or automatically generated semantic code. Consequently, the wide options for retrieving information in digital networks are primarily text-based. Using an image database of Florentine coats of arms an experimental feature has been developed allowing non-verbal retrieval of digital images. This is based on the comparison of structural elements of portions of the image. This is an example how problems of multilingualism can be resolved, albeit in a very special case.

Direct to Full Text: “Working without words – image based retrieval as a model to overcome language hurdles” (4 pages; PDF)

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