Deep Discoveries: A new way of exploring and connecting digitised image collections

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Dr Lora Angelova and Liz Fulton of the United Kingdom National Archives write about " ‘visual search’, an AI-based method of matching similar images based on their visual characteristics (colour, pattern, shape) rather than a keyword description":

"The Deep Discoveries project will explore new machine learning methods to create a computer vision search platform that can identify and match images across digitised collections on a national scale. The research will focus on botanically-themed content, which will allow the researchers to test how far the recognition capabilities of the technology can be stretched. Can it recognise a rose in a textile pattern and the same flower in a herbarium specimen? How about on a ceramic vase? "

Source: National Archives blog, May 13, 2020,