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Image retrieval with SINCERITY

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Purpose

– The purpose of this paper is to develop a search engine dedicated to image retrieval in a bilingual (French and English) context. This paper presents the first phase of user testing that was carried out to validate and refine SINCERITY, the new search device.

Design/methodology/approach

– This first phase of the search engine testing involved a small group of image searchers (10 French-speaking and 10 English-speaking participants) who were asked to retrieve a sample of images (30) using the new tool. A questionnaire was also developed to compile the comments of the users.

Findings

– The results of this first phase of testing revealed that even though image indexing was sometimes problematic, the participants did not encounter major difficulties retrieving images with SINCERITY. Comments and suggestions received will be taken into consideration to improve the performance and aesthetics of the search engine.

Originality/value

– Once fully operational, SINCERITY will allow users to search images in an attractive and user-friendly manner. Eventually, other types of images (documentary and artistic) will be added to the image database linked to the image search engine, as well as other languages.
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Keywords: Cross-language information retrieval; Digital images; Image retrieval; Search engine; Taxonomy; Usability

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Information Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Publication date: November 9, 2015

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