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Hermitage Museum and Advanced Search capabilities

There is a wonderful test run happening at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, namely their website at http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/07/hm7_41_1.html.

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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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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