Evaluating an innovative image annotation tool
The project "HyperImage – Bildorientierte e-Science-Netzwerke", funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 2006-2009, has been developed by teams at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. HyperImage is an innovative tool that allows to link and annotate parts of images and to present the result online. The tool was tested by a number of Pilot projects at different German and Swiss Universities, who gave feedback to the programmers. As a result, a public version of HyperImage was developed which is now available as Open Source Software.
The HRA project "HyperEvaluation" exterted deliberative efforts to systematically evaluate the software and formulated a specific proposal about the strategic development of the tool for research use. An important outcome is the development and implementation of an interface to the easy-db software (e.g. used for the HeidICON image database), which allows to access material within the database from external systems, e.g. the HRA metadata framework.
The project installed a stable instance at heidelberg and added an implementation of the local authentication system (active directory). Besides two showcases a full project was realised with HyperImage: A New Mirror of Kāśī