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IDB: an integrated image database system on local area network
Author(s): Antonio Turtur; Mario Fantini; Franco Prampolini
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Paper Abstract

This work addresses the problem of managing a huge amount of digital color images. It focuses the possibility to store and retrieve them to make them available for a wide range of application. Key point of the architecture that has been designed and implemented is the distribution of the devices needed by an image system on several nodes of a Local Area Network. Optical disks are used to store the large amount of data required by images. To efficiently access a high number of images, an image data base is provided. All textual information, such as image descriptions, image characteristics, physical data allocation and archive devices, are managed by a relational data base placed on a host system connected to the LAN by a channel attachment. A particular attention has been paid in designing the user interlace: the user interacts with the system through a workstation (PS/2) without taking care of the related processes even if they involve remote resources. The user interlace is "window driven". It is oriented to a non DP professional and it does not require any documentation. The main peculiarities of the architecture are: distributed functions, multi-user environment, interactivity, modularity and non-procedurality (the user has only to describe "what" has to be done, rather than "how" to do it).

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1259, Extracting Meaning from Complex Data: Processing, Display, Interaction, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19995
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Antonio Turtur, IBM/Rome Scientific Ctr. (Italy)
Mario Fantini, IBM/Rome Scientific Ctr. (Italy)
Franco Prampolini, IBM/Rome Scientific Ctr. (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1259:
Extracting Meaning from Complex Data: Processing, Display, Interaction
Edward J. Farrell, Editor(s)

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