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Posted by on May 24, 2007

Hermitage Museum and Advanced Search capabilities

There is a wonderful test run happening at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, namely their website at

IBM is experimenting with color content and shapes in their search functions. Can’t remember the name of a painting or the painer? No problem.

If you can remember the vague color scheme and/or some of the shapes, then you can find it. Pretty fascinating, especially for the intuitive classification of images, as opposed to text. This is how I would remember a painting so I am assuming this logic applies to others as well. I recommend giving it a whirl.

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