Seadragon June 18, 2007Posted by Andre Vellino in Data Mining, Information retrieval, Visualization.
Have a look at this 8-minute video of Seadragon, the Microsoft Labs application which demonstrates how a 3-d model of Notre Dame can be induced from a large number of photo-stills (thanks to Glen for pointing this out.) Some aspects of the demo are based on “Photosynth“, which you can try on your PC (DirectX-based, I believe.)
Now, imagine a generalization of this to the world of scientific knowledge that could be induced from scholarly books and articles. In fact, you could see that there may be large numbers of ways in which documents could be “mapped” in this way. The advantage of a building is that it’s fixed in space and with a large collection of snapshots you can iterate to a “fixed point”. With concepts and words this may be a little more difficult….
OK, maybe that’s thinking too far ahead, but one can at least imagine all kinds of nested, next-generation “hyperlinks” from documents, to data, to images (e.g. of micro-organisms or stellar objects) to computer models (proteins, large molecules).