The digital library field is recently broadening its scope of<br />applicability and it is also continuously adapting to the frequent<br />changes occurring in the internet society. Accordingly, digital<br />libraries are slightly moving from a controlled environment accessible<br />only to professionals and domain-experts, to environments accessible to<br />casual users that want to exploit the potentialities offered by the<br />digital library technology. These new trends require, for instance, new<br />search paradigms to be offered, new media content to be managed, and new<br />description extraction techniques to be used.<br />Building digital library applications, and effectively adapting them to<br />new emerging trends, requires to develop a platform that offers standard<br />and powerful building blocks to support application developers. In this<br />paper we discuss our experience of using MILOS, a multimedia content<br />management system oriented to the construction of digital libraries, to<br />build a demanding application dedicated to non-professional users.<br />Specifically, we discuss the design and implementation of an on-line<br />photo album (PhotoBook), which is a digital library application that<br />allows people to manage their own photos, to share them with friends,<br />and to make them publicly available and searchable.<br />PhotoBook, uses a complex internal metadata schema (MPEG-7) and allows<br />users to simply express complex queries (combining similarity search and<br />fielded search), enabling them to retrieve material of interest even if<br />metadata are imprecise or missing.
Amato, G., Bolettieri, P., Debole, F., Falchi, F., Rabitti, F., & Savino, P. (2006). Using MILOS to Build a Multimedia Digital Library Application: The PhotoBook Experience (pp. 379–390). https://doi.org/10.1007/11863878_32