Providing multilingual access to FLICKR for Arabic users

Paul Clough, Azzah Al-Maskari, Kareem Darwish

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Abstract

In this paper we describe our submission for iCLEF2006: an interface that allows users to search FLICKR in Arabic for images with captions in a range of languages. We discuss the results gained from a user experiment following directives given by iCLEF, including an analysis of how successful search tasks were found to be. To enable the searching of multilingual image annotations we use English as an interlingua. An Arabic-English dictionary is used for initial query translation, and then Babelfish is used to translate between English and French, German, Italian, Dutch and Spanish. Users are able to modify the English version of the query if they have the necessary language skills to do so. We have chosen to experiment with Arabic retrieval from FLICKR due to the growing numbers of online Middle Eastern users, the limited numbers of interactive Arabic user studies for cross-language IR to date, and the availability of resources to undertake a user study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherCEUR-WS
Volume1172
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 Working Notes for CLEF Workshop, CLEF 2006 - Co-located with the 10th European Conference on Digital Libraries, ECDL 2006 - Alicante, Spain
Duration: 20 Sep 200622 Sep 2006

Other

Other2006 Working Notes for CLEF Workshop, CLEF 2006 - Co-located with the 10th European Conference on Digital Libraries, ECDL 2006
CountrySpain
CityAlicante
Period20/9/0622/9/06

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Keywords

  • Arabic retrieval
  • CLEF
  • Flickr
  • iCLEF
  • Multilingual image search
  • User studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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Clough, P., Al-Maskari, A., & Darwish, K. (2006). Providing multilingual access to FLICKR for Arabic users. In CEUR Workshop Proceedings (Vol. 1172). CEUR-WS.