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The Anatomy of a Collaborative Image Search System

An image tells more than a thousand words”. Yet, while text searching on the Internet has become indispensable, with fast and scalable techniques, searching for images has not. The purpose of this paper is to design an infrastructure for an Internet-based Collaborative Image Search System (hereafter also called CISS), using existing Information Retrieval techniques and adjusting them to work play nice with multimedia. For this purpose I will use relevance feedback, distributed indexing and distributed computing using Hadoop and HBase.

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