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Multimedia systems for art and culture: a case study of Brihadisvara Temple
Author(s): Anil K. Jain; Sanjay Goel; Sachin Agarwal; Vipin Mittal; Hariom Sharma; Ranjeev Mahindru
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Paper Abstract

In India a temple is not only a structure of religious significance and celebration, but it also plays an important role in the social, administrative and cultural life of the locality. Temples have served as centers for learning Indian scriptures. Music and dance were fostered and performed in the precincts of the temples. Built at the end of the 10th century, the Brihadisvara temple signified new design methodologies. We have access to a large number of images, audio and video recordings, architectural drawings and scholarly publications of this temple. A multimedia system for this temple is being designed which is intended to be used for the following purposes: (1) to inform and enrich the general public, and (2) to assist the scholars in their research. Such a system will also preserve and archive old historical documents and images. The large database consists primarily of images which can be retrieved using keywords, but the emphasis here is largely on techniques which will allow access using image content. Besides classifying images as either long shots or close-ups, deformable template matching is used for shape-based query by image content, and digital video retrieval. Further, to exploit the non-linear accessibility of video sequences, key frames are determined to aid the domain experts in getting a quick preview of the video. Our database also has images of several old, and rare manuscripts many of which are noisy and difficult to read. We have enhanced them to make them more legible. We are also investigating the optimal trade-off between image quality and compression ratios.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 1997
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3022, Storage and Retrieval for Image and Video Databases V, (15 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263414
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Anil K. Jain, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Sanjay Goel, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Sachin Agarwal, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Vipin Mittal, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Hariom Sharma, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Ranjeev Mahindru, Indira Gandhi National Ctr. for the Arts (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3022:
Storage and Retrieval for Image and Video Databases V
Ishwar K. Sethi; Ramesh C. Jain, Editor(s)

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