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System and Method for Group Classification based on Image Metadata

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000222861D
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 29K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method to provide set and collection identification for group classification of photos based on image metadata.

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System and Method for Group Classification based on Image Metadata

Social photo sharing websites allow users to not only upload single photos but to place those photos into sets or collections. The problem with these solutions is that the sets and collections must be manually entered by the user, which can result in a massive dump of photos that should be grouped but are not. The proposed invention aims to solve this problem.

Current sites do not make an educated guess about photos that might be related to one another based on the meta-data about the media file. Although automatic tagging systems are prevalent, no known prior art suggests group classifications based on meta-data for captured media.

In addition, one piece of prior art focuses on identifying users' actions on certain events, and then identifying photos posted by the users as related to the events and grouping them as related content. The disclosed invention does not consider any events held in a social network. It focuses on associating new pictures for posting with an existing list of posted pictures and providing an automatic mechanism to group pictures.

Disclosed is a system and method to provide set and collection identification for group classification of photos based on image metadata.

Implementation

1. User prepares media for upload per current processes. Media might include (but is not limited to):
 Photos


 Videos


 Audio files

2. The media has a set of metadata (which is already gathered) such as (but is not limited to):


 Date stamp


 Time stamp


 Location information, Global Positioning System (GPS) enablement


 Facial recognition/ subject identification


 Camera owner

3. Additional metadata may be provided by the user (e.g., manual entry of photo description)

4. Optionally, the user may provide preferences to help the system further refine the grouping.


 Time between photos (e.g., photos taken within an hour of each other are considered related)


 Background of photos (e.g., if the background is the same amongst a group of photos, then they are likely related)


 GPS location (e.g., if the location is the same, then automatically include in the same set or collection)

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 Priority (e.g., user indicates that the more preferred or less preferred photos are grouped)


 Preferred favorite group (e.g., photo could be added to a preferred or favorite group (i.e. include in my "Work" group)


 photo could be added to a recent group

5. As a new media file (n+1), is taken, it is compared against the media file taken immediately before (n)

6. If no previous media file was captured, a new group characteristics is assigned
 Optionally, the user is asked to name the new group assigned
 Optionally, the name of the group may be suggested using the media file

characteristics

7. If characteristics in the captured metadata are similar, then media file n+1 is added to the same grouping characteristics as media file n. Group char...