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Digitized images are associated with English language captions and other data, collectively known as the metadata associated with the images. A natural language processing database removes ambiguities from the metadata, and the images and the metadata are stored in databases. A user formulates a search query, and natural language processing is used to determine matches between the query and the stored metadata. Images corresponding to the matches are then viewed, and desired images are selected for licensing. The license terms for selected images are displayed, and a subset of the selected images are ordered as desired by the user.

Title
Generation, archiving, and retrieval of digital images with evoked suggestion-set captions and natural language interface
Application Number
8/255379
Publication Number
5493677
Application Date
June 8, 1994
Publication Date
February 20, 1996
Inventor
Michael Lorton
San Francisco
CA, US
Linda T Dozier
Goleta
CA, US
Gary Schmid
Arlington
VA, US
James Rothey
Fairfax
VA, US
Patrick Martin
Arlington
VA, US
John Maloney
Upper Marlboro
MD, US
Carmen Iannacone
Fairfax
VA, US
Sharon Flank
Washington
DC, US
Eugene Chen
Arlington
VA, US
Hatte Blejer
Alexandria
VA, US
Aristotle Balogh
Bowie
MD, US
Agent
Stuart P Meyer
Assignee
Systems Research & Applications Corporation
VA, US
IPC
G06F 15/403
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