Retrievr is an experimental service which lets you search and explore in a selection of Flickr images by drawing a rough sketch. VERY interesting! How many of us have at one time or another seen something on the Web and you wish you bookmarked or tagged it, and now you can’t locate it again? Maybe down the road something will be created for all of us to search our VR collections based on our sketches? ( I am sure something is in the works, but I am not in VR so I am out of touch in this area.)

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  1. Thanks for the great link! ;-)

    Retrievr is built upon a Content Based Image Retrieval (CBIR) system. These systems use various algorithms in order to recognize composition and color. LTU Technologies has an interesting Browse feature that uses CBIR for Corbis images (

    Also, Penn state’s Dr. James Z. Wang has been doing work in this area. ARLIS/NA member and ARTstor beta tester, Henry Pisciotta, is also at Penn State. Hmm…any potential doctoral candidates out there looking for a thesis?

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