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Beyond textual search – explore media archives with AXES

AXES is an advanced search and retrieval system. It combines various technologies such as face, object, and place recognition, making it easier for the user to find relevant material, not dependent on available metadata. It is a prototype developed within the AXES research project, co-funded by the European Commission.

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AXES RESEARCH is targeted towards anyone interested in doing research in audiovisual material. For example journalists, students, teachers, and others who are exploring archives to find and use audiovisual material.

Try it out!

You can test the AXES RESEARCH demo system on your own (just register here). Keep in mind it is a prototype, not a fully developed commercial system. The dataset is based on several hours of publicly available videos (e.g. from the Internet Archive). The system currently runs on Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

For more guidance, go to the general video introduction showing the overall aims of the project. A walkthrough video shows how to search in AXES RESEARCH.

For a quick start, follow these steps:

  1. You’re on the homepage. Use the search box to enter a search term, for example “moon”
  2. Click on the arrow and select visual search / broad terms.
  3. Now click on the magnifier to start the search.
  4. You now get a screen with thumbnails, several of which contain the picture of the moon.

Beyond textual search

Good search examples

We give you some suggested sample searches below, which show the features and characteristics of the system.

Broad term – Visual Search

  • Nasa
  • Airplane
  • Classroom
  • Lion
  • Chimpanzee
  • Moon
  • International Space Station

Faces – Visual Search

  • Mouth
  • Glasses

Places & Logos – Visual Search

  • Nasa
  • Nasa logo

Spoken Words – Text Search

  • Epilepsy
  • “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”
  • “they fought long and hard”

Register and get started here!

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