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Shutter in simple words is an experimental search engine, an open source web application retrieving similar images of famous landmarks around the world, indexed already in various third party web sites like flickr.com and 500px.com. Be aware that's a personal project and we're running only on a short list of 17 indexed landmarks like the Brandeburg Gate in Berlin, the Parthenon in Athens, the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, the White Tower of Thessaloniki, the London Eye, the Big Ben in London, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the St. Basils Cathedral in Moscow, the Rushmore Memorial in South Dakota, the Statue of Liberty in NYC, the Burj al Arab in UAE, the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Christ the Redeemer in Rio and the Opera House in Sydney. Despite we're small we're brave enough, so we're always trying to put our best efforts in order to extend our database into a more real world scenario.How can i use it?
What you need is actually to apply here an image depicting one of the landmarks mentioned before. In order to apply such an image you have two options, by a URL path to a jpeg image file or just by uploading a jpeg image file from your disk, then you have to wait for the results and explore into each page of similar photos taken by many inspired photographers and travelers around the world.The definition of the problem
The problem we're trying to solve with this application, is to give you the opportunity to search for similar images given a query image, regarding only the visual content, that's it only pixels no textual metadata. In a few words this is an image search engine, but let's get deeper into a more scientific definition. Content-based image retrieval (CBIR), also known as query by image content (QBIC) and content-based visual information retrieval (CBVIR) is the application of computer vision techniques to the image retrieval problem, that is, the problem of searching for digital images in large databases.
"Content-based" means that the search analyzes the contents of the image rather than the metadata such as keywords, tags or descriptions associated with the image. The term "content" in this context might refer to colors, shapes, textures or any other information that can be derived from the image itself. CBIR is desirable because searches that rely purely on metadata are dependent on annotation quality and completeness. Having humans manually annotate images by entering keywords or metadata in a large database can be time consuming and may not capture the keywords desired to describe the image.The Pandora Library
Shutter is a web application consisting of different parts one of them and the most important is the open source project called Pandora, which is a computer vision library providing various methods for visual feature detection, extraction, aggregation etc. Pandora is responsible for tasks like visual feature extraction, aggregation of local descriptors and dimensionality reduction.Wanna contribute to our idea?
Despite we're small, we're brave enough. If your are self-motivated with passion about computer science and code is your talent, please do not hesitate to contact with us here. We're open to anyone who wanna be part of this idea and contribute somehow in order to extend our knowledge towards to improve the end-user's experience. You can find the shutter source code here and the Pandora source code here.
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