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Visual Media Manipulation Directory Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110104D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 108K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Clark, DK: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Directory systems have allowed users to access information on individuals. These systems, typically, assume that the media used for accessing the information is the type of media that should be used for presentation to the user. For example, an individual's name specified in a textual media may return the address in the same textual media. More recent enhancements to directory services have allowed the ability of bit images, i.e., photographs to be presented to the user from directory searches.

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Visual Media Manipulation Directory Device

       Directory systems have allowed users to access
information on individuals.  These systems, typically, assume that
the media used for accessing the information is the type of media
that should be used for presentation to the user.  For example, an
individual's name specified in a textual media may return the address
in the same textual media.  More recent enhancements to directory
services have allowed the ability of bit images, i.e., photographs to
be presented to the user from directory searches.

      A user may desire to search information on a particular
individual, but does not have pertinent textual information for which
to conduct the search.  The user may not know the first name or
department of the individual they are seeking.  The user may have
some information on the individual, but the information may not be
that of a textual nature.  Moreover, the user may have partial
knowledge in one medium, e.g., they may know the physical
characteristics of the individual, i.e., visual medium.  Other
information on the individual may be in a textual medium.  It is
advantageous to provide a mechanism by which the user can describe
information in differing media from which to conduct a directory
search.

      This article describes a method by which a user can specify
visual information to conduct directory searches.  The method allows
the user to specify visual information via textual means, e.g., type
the word blue to indicate the color of eyes.  Furthermore, the method
allows the user to graphically manipulate images to conduct "fuzzy"
searches of individuals.  A Media Integrator Service (MIS) provides
the capability for the user to partially specify textual information
and to specify visual information.

      This service entails a mechanism that stores associated
physical characteristics with textual information.  Upon a search
request, the information is correlated to meet th...