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Chapter 2. Overview of the Save the Memory Project

(8)Functions of as a Web-based Photo Searching Service

  • Can search photos by browsing a list of thumbnails.
    The size of the thumbnails can be switched between two sizes, large and small.
    To simplify operations, an auto scroll function was provided that allows a user to continuously scroll through thumbnails by continuously pressing the “↓” key.
  • Enlarged display of photos
    By clicking on a thumbnail, a window opens with an enlarged display of the photo.
  • Album skip
    Album photos are consecutively displayed, and therefore, a user can skip an album and move to the next photo without having to view all of the unnecessary album displays.
  • Bookmarks
    Users can add a bookmark to indicate how far they have viewed into the massive amount of photos.
    Personal bookmarks are recorded by telephone number, so the next time a user visits the Photo Center, he can input his telephone number, and begin searching photos from where he left off.
  • Tag information based searches
    Tag information that was added when the image data was prepared can be used to search for images.
  • Social Tagging
    Names and other tag information can be added later to image data.
  • Facial Search
    A face found in image data can be used as a key to search for photos that contain a similar face.
    An image of a face photographed at the Photo Center can also be used as a key to search for photos containing a similar face.
  • Cart
    When a user finds his or her own photos, those photos can be temporarily stored in a cart. At the end of the session, the user can request that all of the photos placed in his or her cart be returned.
  • Handling the return of group photos to multiple people.
    If a group photo is returned to the person who first discovered it, that photo cannot be sent home with other people in the photo. Therefore, even if an original group photo has been returned to one person, the digital image data is maintained in the database so that the photo can be returned as image data to multiple people.
  • Managing the return of photos
    Information such as the name, address, and telephone number of people who find photos is input at the Photo Center so that a record of the return information can be maintained.
    Photos that have been returned no longer appear in the search screen.

The cooperation of Axis Co., Ltd. was obtained for some of the graphic design used on the website and in the printed material.

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